No performance bonuses for Msunduzi officials

2014-10-10 00:00

MSUNDUZI Municipality’s senior managers will not be getting performance bonuses this year. None of the managers who were assessed scored well enough on their performance score cards.

The Executive Committee (Exco) approved a report yesterday on the annual performance assessments for the levels of municipal manager (MM), deputy municipal managers (DMMs), process managers and managers reporting to the MM and DMMs for the 2013/14 financial year. The report indicated that of the 33 assessments conducted, three (nine percent) of the incumbents scored a one, which represents a performance of 69% and below and amounts to unacceptable performance.

Eighteen (55%) of the managers scored a two, which represents 70% to 99%, amounting to a performance which is “not fully effective”, while 12 (36%) of the managers scored a three, which represents 100% to 129%, amounting to their “performance being fully effective”.

ANC Exco member Jabu Ngubo said, “At least now we have a barometer to measure the performance of our officials.”

She said she was speaking based on the background and history of the municipality. “This is unlike before where we thumbsucked the performance of our officials,” said Ngubo.

She said this was a step forward because now they know what officials are expected to achieve before being paid a performance bonus.

“This is one of the reasons why the deputy mayor would say if we worked hard our mayor would be voted the best mayor,” she said.

Mayor Chris Ndlela said there is always room for improvement and the assessment results speak to that. “We at least now have started using credible, reliable and accurate tools to assess the performance of our managers and I have no doubt that nobody is perfect but this will be used to improve their performance,” he said.

Municipal manager Mxolisi Nkosi said they were using a national framework, where staff were rated between one and five.

“One is when your performance is unacceptable and if you get three it is 100%, which means you are doing what is expected of you,” he said.

He said two means that the performance is not fully effective. “If one gets four and five they are performing above expectations to outstanding performances,” he said.

Nkosi said the criteria which is used to consider bonuses is a performance above 129%.

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