Mpofana manager under fire

2011-11-14 00:00

THE Democratic Alliance has questioned the competence of Muzi Madlala, the municipal manager for Mpofana district, after his alleged failure to turn around the municipality’s financial doldrums.

DA councillor Ken Denysschen said businesses in of Mooi River and surrounding areas are battling to keep their heads above water, and it seems the municipal manager is struggling to keep his job.

“Crippling electricity costs and disconnections of businesses and residents are the order of the day, while the bulk of Bruntville residents do not pay for electricity, but are never disconnected.

“This is clearly discrimination against soft targets.”

Denysschen said the municipality’s debts amount to almost R100 million and that Madlala seems to be the only constant in a situation where councils and staff members come and go.

He said Mooi River hardly has a booming economy, nor is it able to attract any form of investment or industrial growth.

“It is plagued with a history of rumours and accusations with Tai Yuen Textiles and debt of over R40 million from this company alone. Is there any leadership in this municipality?

“After a number of businessmen sat in a council meeting recently, the opinion of the group is a resounding ‘no’,” said Denysschen.

He added that the need to have directors of departments live in town is an absolute necessity so they can experience life as Mooi River residents.

Madlala said, “We take note of the issues raised by Denysschen, which he has raised in our previous council meetings, and most of which after being deliberated on, are receiving the necessary attention.”

He said some of the issues raised are too broad as they mostly cover routine municipal business and to some extent are a generalisation of issues.

“The municipality has a fair amount of challenges, which in my opinion do not require approaching the department of co-operative governance [Cogta].

“Both Cogta and the provincial treasury are rendering support to the municipality in various forms as part of their municipal support mandate,” he added.

Madlala said that earlier this year the council had conducted an assessment of the state of the municipality and recommended intervention strategies to deal with the issues.

These are the same issues Denysschen in alluding to, he said.

“It is unfortunate that he now views it as not worth the paper it is written on, when he was part of those who moved for its adoption, and now everybody is committed to its implementation,” added Madlala.


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