Msunduzi battling to fill priority posts

2008-02-03 00:00

Msunduzi Municipality is experiencing an exodus of qualified staff and are having difficulty filling vacant and priority posts.

The Infrastructure, Service and Facilities (IS&F) unit, which has been hardest hit by the exodus, is in the process of filling 83 posts, including construction and reconstruction,

electricity and water and sanitation process managers.

In October 2007, the IS&F business unit had 1 843 posts, of which 826 were vacant. From July to September 2007, the IS&F business unit lost four technicians, two engineers and 24 general workers.

Council’s 2007/08 financial mid-year review revealed that more funds are being spent on overtime pay than on employing more staff. The review reflects an under-expenditure of R7,3 million on vacant posts, as R9,9 million was reserved for vacant posts and R2,8 million for priority posts, which has not been fully spent.

"This suggests that we need to fill posts urgently and systematically to reduce overtime in the remainder of the year," said strategic executive finance manager Roy Bridgmohan. He said overtime expenditure for the next six months will be capped to R12,7 million.

Municipal manager Rob Haswell said that council should be mindful that a cut in overtime expenditure could lead to service delivery being affected. He said that with all the municipality’s current crises of poor waste management services, poor infrastructure and service delivery and the effects of load shedding, the municipality will have to live with slightly higher overtime expenditure than council would like to see.

"We can’t have our waste department functioning with only five vehicles and not expect to overspend on overtime, but overtime expenditure is an issue of great concern," said Haswell.

The report also shows that the municipality has been able to spend only R50 million or 17,6% of a capital budget of R288 million.

Executive council member Themba Zungu suggested that strategic executive managers and process managers be removed to allow council to employ "A" and "D" band employees who do most of the work.

"SEMs and process managers, [with the exception of one or two] receive huge salary packages, but we do not see what they do for council so we should beef up on professionals at lower levels and remove those who empower themselves," said Zungu.

Join the conversation! encourages commentary submitted via MyNews24. Contributions of 200 words or more will be considered for publication.

We reserve editorial discretion to decide what will be published.
Read our comments policy for guidelines on contributions. publishes all comments posted on articles provided that they adhere to our Comments Policy. Should you wish to report a comment for editorial review, please do so by clicking the 'Report Comment' button to the right of each comment.

Comment on this story
Comments have been closed for this article.

Inside News24

Traffic Alerts
There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.


Create Profile

Creating your profile will enable you to submit photos and stories to get published on News24.

Please provide a username for your profile page:

This username must be unique, cannot be edited and will be used in the URL to your profile page across the entire network.


Location Settings

News24 allows you to edit the display of certain components based on a location. If you wish to personalise the page based on your preferences, please select a location for each component and click "Submit" in order for the changes to take affect.

Facebook Sign-In

Hi News addict,

Join the News24 Community to be involved in breaking the news.

Log in with Facebook to comment and personalise news, weather and listings.