Illegal municipal manager contracts being corrected

2016-08-30 19:14
Parliament. (Duncan Alfreds, News24)

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Parliament - Illegal municipal manager contracts are being corrected, the Co-operative Governance and Traditional Affairs department told MPs on Tuesday.

Ten municipal managers around the country had contracts expiring in 2018, and beyond - which were irregular - the department told Parliament's co-operative governance committee.

“We have requested MECs to intervene and have corrective measures in place because any contract that goes beyond 2017 is illegal in terms of legislation,” Cogta acting deputy director general Tebogo Motlashuping said.

According to legislation, the terms of municipal managers’ contracts could not exceed 12 months after the August 3 local government elections.

Any appointment made without the final approval by provincial MECs and minister was incomplete.

Salaries

After interviews and identifying a candidate, municipalities had 14 days to submit a report with the necessary documentation to the MEC. The MECs then had to submit their reports on the candidates to the minister, Motlashuping said.

Democratic Alliance MP Kevin Mileham raised concerns about the 47 vacancies for municipal managers around the country, the highest in KwaZulu-Natal.

Motlashuping said the department was working with municipalities to find solutions.

Cogta acting director general Muthotho Sigidi told the committee that municipal managers’ salaries would be regulated according to category grades for municipalities, ranging from one to 10.

Municipal managers in category one municipalities would earn a minimum of R852 706 and a maximum of R1 042 196 per annum. Those in category 10 would rake in between R2.3m and R3.5m.

Work experience and qualifications would determine into which category they fell. None of the current municipal managers earned the maximum remuneration on all categories, Sigidi said.

The category a municipality fell into was determined by the total municipal income, population, and total municipal equitable share.

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