Get on board the Umvoti gravy train

2015-06-17 06:00

Sir, SINCE having our Sunday newspaper delivered to us I have been spending my Sunday mornings

depressing myself reading it from beginning to end and Sunday 7 July was no exception. Upon getting to the careers section I came across an advert by our Umvoti Municipality on page 16. The same advert that was placed last week in the Greytown Gazette.

The positions advertised were Director Technical Services, Director Corporate Services and Director Community Services.

Applicable to all three posts the following remuneration package was advertised

R592 017 minimum salary PA R49 334 per month.

R665 187 mid-point salary PA R55 432 per month.

R738 358 maximum salary PA R61 529 per month.

It also stated that the candidate has 12 months to reach competency requirements.

You have got to be kidding me, right.

At the stated salaries and with the qualifications that the applicant is required to produce surely they should be well qualified and have traceable references. Where in the real world do you get 12 months to prove you can do the job? Three months probation is the norm I think.

Over and above these issues, on the following page I came across an advert from the Department of Justice.

advertising positions for deputy-assistant directors of various departments. The salary range on this advert was from R270 804 to R627 000. Considerably lower than a director of whatever reporting to Umvoti Municipal Manager.

We currently have serious issues in our community that will take a huge chunk of our municipal funds to fix.

The municipality should be run like a business and if the funds are not there, then you cannot spend what you do not have.

We, the customers of the municipality, are already stretched to meet our rates and utility bills and can afford no more.

In the proposed 2015/2016 buget, the Umvoti Municipality income is pegged at around R199 million, expenditure of R212 million of which R71 million is allocated to staff costs and councillor allowances.

In real terms 33.5% of the expenditure is for salaries.

Basically what this amounts to is that taxpayers’ money is being used to enrich individuals instead of being used for service delivery and maintenance issues.

The future of our town is looking very bleak indeed.

Financially stressed ratepayer

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