Mayor says no to bonuses

2009-06-12 00:00

A RECOMMENDATION for the establishment of evaluation panels to assess municipal manager Rob Haswell as well as managers directly accountable to him was discussed at a recent executive committee meeting.

This move is designed to strengthen local government administration and is a component of the municipal performance regulations.

Managers’ performances will be monitored by employment contracts, performance agreements and job descriptions.

Employment contracts will not only provide the terms of employment, but will also regulate performance bonuses. The performance agreements are set to assure the council of what it can expect from senior managers. The job descriptions will include job requirements as well as ways in which the managers will be expected to be accountable.

Msunduzi Mayor Zanele Hlatswayo said the absence of the evaluation panels is a problem.

“I don’t know how we’re going to deal with the evaluations for the next financial year because these panels should have been established two years ago.

“I don’t want any reports asking for bonuses because I’m not going to entertain them,” she said.

It was suggested that the evaluation committees be divided into two. One committee would be tasked with evaluating Haswell’s performance and would consist of five people — four from the Msunduzi Municipality and one from uMngeni Municipality.

The second evaluation committee would assess all managers directly accountable to Haswell. This panel would have a total of four members — three from Msunduzi and one from uMgungundlovu District Municipality.

The performance reviews are scheduled to take place every quarter as follows: July to September, October to December, January to March and April to June.

The first and third quarter evaluations will be conducted verbally between Hlatshwayo and all the managers.

However, documented records of these verbal assessments will be kept. The mid-year and final performance reviews will be done by the evaluation panels.

It was recommended that the evaluation committees be established before the end of June.

The establishment of these panels would help the municipality to address issues surrounding skills retention by rewarding stellar performance and penalise bad performance.

ANC councillor Themba Zungu said some departments may as well be without managers due to poor production and a lack of delivery.


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