Officials reined in on private jobs

2010-05-03 00:00

A CLAMP-DOWN on moonlighting by full-time officials of Msunduzi Municipality is in force following complaints that members of the public are being denied a timely service by council employees who are too busy doing private jobs.

Msunduzi administrator Johann Mettler told last week’s executive committee meeting that he has introduced the following measures:

• All workers who want to do private work must first obtain approval from the municipal manager.

• Approval will be granted on the understanding that such work will not take place during council working hours and no council resources will be used for private business.

• No approval will be given to those who want to do work which is identical to their current municipal duties. No conflict of interests will be permitted and the interests of the municipality take precedence.

• Those given approval will not be allowed to supply the municipality with goods or services.

• Any employee running a private business that contravenes these measures above will face disciplinary action.

Acting municipal manager Thokozani Maseko said he will ensure all employees are aware of the ruling

Democratic Alliance councillor Rodger Ashe said employees who have permission to do private work should re-apply.

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