City manager: five out of 10

2012-12-21 00:00

MSUNDUZI Municipality may have improved slightly on some areas of service delivery, but “there is still a long … long way to go in improving its core functions”, says the Democratic Alliance.

In an assessment of municipal manager Mxolisi Nkosi’s performance over the year, DA caucus chief whip Roger Ashe said: “Until service delivery is up to the stage where the public is happy and satisfied, then we will be getting somewhere.”

He said the DA reported back to the public after the new municipal manager’s first 100 days and committed to report back again after one year.

“Keeping to that commitment, we submit the following scorecard with indications of improvement or otherwise,” he said.

The DA gave Nkosi five out 10 on his overall performance.

Ashe said there had been attempts to improve matters since the disastrous days of the municipality’s administration, “but unfortunately, core service delivery was still sadly lacking because some good strategies have not been effectively implemented”.

He said this could be attributed to weak management, “albeit there are some good managers and staff, but likewise, many who are way out of their depth”.

“This is aggravated by the ANC’s lack of political will to approve the new organogram.

“Staff morale is still low and this must be addressed before a cohesive effort will be seen.”

“For our city to achieve its full potential as the capital of the province, we require political determination, effective management and implementation of all the strategies that have been approved,” said Ashe.

Nkosi said: “We will leave politics to politicians, but we as management, are very surprised at this scorecard, because it is contradicting a very positive article that was written by the DA caucus leader Bill Lambert.”

Nkosi was referring to a letter to the editor that was published by The Witness yesterday, headed “Signs of recovery”.

Msunduzi Mayor Chris Ndlela said: “For the DA to blame the ANC is mischievous and tantamount to cheap politicking.

“The councillor in question should have known that the adoption of the organogram is the competence of the council, after meaningful and thorough consultation of the organised labour.”


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