New organogram tabled as city lists 179 posts to fill

2013-03-29 00:00

MSUNDUZI Municipality hopes to fill 179 vacant positions by June this year.

This comes as part of a year-old municipal initiative to have a total of 5 000 municipal positions filled.

According to a 2004 municipal organogram, only 2 606 out of 4 641 municipal jobs were filled.

During yesterday’s executive committee (Exco) meeting, municipal manager Mxolisi Nkosi tabled a new, 123-page draft organogram, intended to identify and properly place the entire municipal staff­load.

The municipality concluded the first phase of the initiative to fill vacant posts last August.

The second phase will be filling the 179 vacant posts, including supervisors, by June, and advertising a further 160 jobs by September.

An Exco member told The Witness yesterday that about 60% of staff in management positions within the municipality were unqualified.

Nkosi said he could not say with authority that 60% of his managers were unqualified.

“We will first approve the organogram, which has job descriptions, and then evaluate positions within the municipality so that we establish what experience and qualifications our current staff have.”

Nkosi said the municipality planned to set up a placement committee to appoint staff to positions for which they were qualified.

During yesterday’s meeting, Exco members Mergan Chetty (Democratic Alliance) and Ntokozo Bhengu (National Freedom Party) asked for more time to study the lengthy document.

However, Deputy Mayor Thobani Zuma and Mayor Chris Ndlela urged the members not to delay the submission of the organogram to the full council, which next sits on April 18.

Ndlela said approval of the organogram would help in creating much needed employment and help improve service delivery.

• thobani.ngqulunga@witness.co.za

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