Municipal manager reappointed

2016-11-01 06:00
Achmat Ebrahim  PHOTO: CITY OF CAPE TOWN

Achmat Ebrahim PHOTO: CITY OF CAPE TOWN

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Achmat Ebrahim has been reappointed as the City manager after going up against 80 others for the top spot.

According to a statement by the City of Cape Town, this follows a decision by Council last week.

In the statement, mayor Patricia de Lille says over and above his qualifications, which include a national certificate in municipal financial management and an advanced diploma in public administration, Ebrahim has a total of 36 years of experience in local government. Over this time he has served at a senior level for 25 years and more than 10 years as a city manager.

“Ebrahim has an impeccable record and a wealth of experience and he has successfully demonstrated the ability to provide leadership and strategic direction to a massive, complex and diverse organisation. Under his leadership and management of the executive directors, the efficient and effective implementation of the Integrated Development Plan and the Organisational Development Transformation Plan, the most notable achievement of the City of Cape Town has been unqualified audit reports, which include four clean audits and the best local authority credit rating over the past decade.”

Ebrahim was also the top achiever in the Municipal Financial Management Act municipal competency training course at Stellenbosch University in 2012.

After the local government elections, the position of the City manager was advertised nationally. A total of 81 applications were received and a shortlist of six was compiled.

“As part of the extensive interview process, all shortlisted candidates underwent a competency-based structured interview conducted by a selection panel. In addition, candidates for positions at the senior management level are also required to undergo a competency-based assessment.”

The competency-based assessment found Ebrahim competent at the advanced level.

“I would like to thank the City manager for leading the organisation with the highest level of dedication and professionalism in the past two terms and wish him all the best for the new term,” De Lille concludes.

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