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Municipal manager promises to fix PMB

2012-02-09 17:47

Pietermaritzburg - Msunduzi municipal manager Mxolisi Nkosi has promised to fix the beleagured municipality's financial woes.

He told reporters in Pietermaritzburg on Thursday he would not take instructions from politicians on how to do his job.

"Taking instructions will amount to digging my own grave," said Nkosi.

Political interference has been cited as one of the reasons for the near collapse of the municipality, which runs Pietermaritzburg and which was put under administration in 2010 after it ran out of money.

The national government's intervention, made in terms of section 139(b) of the Constitution, was lifted on December 31, 2011, when the municipality showed signs of stability and recovery.

Nkosi said he expected his deputy municipal managers to act decisively against officials who were using their political membership to destabilise the municipality.

"If a deputy municipal manager fails to act against a subordinate because of political considerations, then I will discipline that deputy."

Nkosi said he remained confident of the co-operation he would receive from Msunduzi political head, Mayor Chris Ndlela.

"The lines of operation between administration and the political sphere are not blurred. We are also very cautious of crossing such lines."

Comments
  • Shirley - 2012-02-09 18:13

    Talk is cheap. Actions speak louder than words! We have been listening to promises for +-20 years and have learnt they mean squat!

  • Deon - 2012-02-09 18:26

    And I promise you that you can't do it - you don't have the necessary skills and know how. You are afterall a deployed cadre and therefor a political appointment

  • sudika.harkhu - 2012-02-09 18:49

    Pietermaritzburg, once an idyillic, pristine, garden-like town, now a rubbish heap.

      Vanessa Moodley - 2012-02-09 23:19

      My heart aches everytime I return home to PMB. Unkempt, overgrown and dirty. This is not the city of my chilhood. Tragic.

      Vanessa Moodley - 2012-02-09 23:20

      My heart aches everytime I return home to PMB. Unkempt, overgrown and dirty. This is not the city of my chilhood. Tragic.

  • ISO - 2012-02-09 19:08

    Its a bit late now! This is just an excuse to get more money!

  • Linda - 2012-02-09 19:58

    Talk is cheap. Seriously.

  • Paul - 2012-02-11 11:41

    PMB is an unkept mess due to the municipal meltdown over the past few years. We desperately need strong, objective, decisive and principled leadership to sort out the municipality and city. Let's pray that Nkosi Amakhosi (God) uses Mr Nkosi (Msunduzi Municpal Manager) to weed out fraud and corruption, to put principles ahead of politics and to run the municipality with integrity.

      Garth - 2012-02-11 12:44

      @paul - you jest? No, seriously, is your comment in jest? You have erroneously coupled words to a useless, worthless anc politician, hopefully tongue-in-cheek, for the sake of your mindset. Someone in the useless, worthless anc has principles? Integrity? Is capable of `weeding out fraud and corruption'? I have an answer to this statement of yours: `We desperately need strong, objective, decisive and principled leadership to sort out the municipality and city.' DO NOT VOTE FOR THE USELESS, WORTHLESS, THIEVING, RACIST ANC THEN!

  • ruben.maistry - 2012-05-07 16:18

    One of the most beautiful and functional cities run to the ground by incompetant people.Sad, sad ,sad.....

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