New MM’s vision for metro

2011-11-07 00:00

THE new municipal manager and chief accounting officer’s vision for the beleaguered Msunduzi Municipality is to ensure that it atttains the status of the next metro of KwaZulu-Natal and remians the capital of the province.

Mxolisi Nkosi said: “I am aware that the city has financial challenges.

“I will also have to ensure that we address that as a matter of urgency so that the municipality is in a sound financial position.”

On striking a balance between the administrative responsibility and political considerations, Nkosi believes the winning formula is to separate political oversight from administration.

“This becomes effective when those entrusted with providing political oversight are briefed on a regular basis about the state of the municipality and in return create a space for the administration to do its work with little or no interference at all.”

On the other hand, the administration staff need to earn their salaries with effective and efficient action plans to deliver on political promises, said Nkosi, who was appointed unanimously by Msunduzi councillors.

“The biggest threats are fraud and corruption, which cannot occur without the participation of the administration, failure to collect municipal rates and taxes and poor service delivery.”

During his tenure at the Greater Kokstad Local Municipality Nkosi drew praise even from opposition benches.

“The accounting officer occupies the centre and serves the council as a collective and all councillors as individuals, irrespective of their political parties,” Nkosi said.

“This is done bearing in mind that that the MM has to implement the manifesto of the ruling party.”

Nkosi said it will be a great thing if Msunduzi becomes a metro. “I think KwaZulu-Natal deserves a second metro, and there could be no better municipality than the capital city of the province.

“I am, however, not able to comment on the finer details as to what should happen in terms of the district and other municipalities.

“In addition to that we are lucky that there are a number of vacant posts at strategic level.

“The first priority will be to fill those that are vacant with skilled people as the first step to turning around the municipality.

“The issue of unqualified people at strategic level will have to be verified and then addressed,” Nkosi added.

thobani.ngqulunga@witness.co.za

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