Khuzwayo tight-lipped on municipal manager post

2014-01-02 00:00

UMGUNGUNDLOVU District Municipality is advertising for a new municipal manager, but popular current incumbent Sbu Khuzwayo is tight-lipped about whether he will apply again.

Khuzwayo said his five-year term of office had come to an end. The position of municipal manager is a five-year performance-based contract position. Asked if he was considering re-applying for the post, he remained non-committal and said that at this stage he was weighing up his options. The closing date for applications is January 17, 2014.

Khuzwayo, together with Mayor Yusuf Bhamjee, have been credited with turning around the district municipality that faced bankruptcy after alleged corruption and poor financial management. The team stepped into the dysfunctional municipality — which could not pay its bills — in 2008. At the time, there was no paper for the fax and photocopy machines, no ink for the printers and no toilet paper.

Under Khuzwayo and his team the municipality achieved a clean audit in just five months. This was after it had received disclaimers in the previous two years. A disclaimer means that the financial controls at a municipality are so poor that the auditor-general can not make a proper assessment of the accounts. The municipality has kept up its record of clean audits ever since.

Khuzwayo is also credited with ensuring the municipality stuck to its core function, mainly the provision of water to the towns that fall under the district.

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