City loses top engineer

2009-12-04 00:00

ALREADY facing a shortage of highly skilled technical staff, the Msunduzi Municipality has been dealt another blow with the recent resignation of one of its deputy municipal managers.

Speaking to The Witness yesterday, Phil Mashoko confirmed that he will no longer be heading the municipality’s infrastructure services business unit as from January 1 next year.

The loss of Mashoko comes in the wake of mass resignations of engineers and technical experts over the past few years and further demonstrates the municipality’s inability to retain highly skilled employees.

Mashoko, an accomplished civil engineer with over 19 years of experience, has yet to decide where he will be based once his tenure comes to an end.

“I’m not sure at this stage. I’ve had a number of offers and I will take the whole of December to see which one I’ll accept,” he said.

Mashoko’s departure leaves the municipality with just two engineers, and opposition parties in the executive committee (Exco) were dismayed whenThe Witness informed them of Mashoko’s decision.

IFP councillor Dolo Zondi said he had no idea that Mashoko was leaving.

“It was very difficult for us to get someone of Mashoko’s calibre and he’s the best of the best in his field. The residents of our city are going to face a big problem,” he said.

DA councillor Bill Lambert said he had heard rumours but no official announcement had been made. “I’m very saddened indeed. The city cannot afford to lose someone of his stature and the knowledge that we are so short of qualified engineers makes his decision to resign a very serious one. It’s a critical situation,” he said.

Msunduzi Mayor Zanele Hlatshwayo said she had spoken to Mashoko and tried to convince him to change his mind, but without success. She said there is a big demand for engineers and Mashoko had been head-hunted by various municipalities and companies.

“… He’s been very loyal and served with dedication and replacing him will be a challenge,” she said.

Municipal manager Rob Haswell said Mashoko had given the municipality six years of outstanding service and they were very sorry to lose him.

He said the municipality is not able to match the offers Mashoko had received, but there was a good technical team in place who will keep the business unit going while a suitable replacement is found.



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