Sacked boss in new job

2011-08-29 00:00

DISMISSED uMngeni municipal manager Dumisani Vilakazi is the community communications and liaison link on the proposed mega Hilton-Mondi development. Vilakazi’s role in the development was confirmed by uMngeni general manager for planning and development services Steve Simpson.

This was after he had declined to answer a question on Vilakazi’s involvement in the proposed development, at a public meeting held in terms of the KZN Planning Act.

Simpson said it is not the right forum and he would find out from the developer and notify the questioner, Democratic Alliance councillor Craig Millar.

Millar has since received a letter in which Simpson says he raised the issue with the managing director of Laurusco Developments, Neels Brink.

Brink said Vilakazi’s role in the project is to assist in establishing contact with previously disadvantaged communities — which have little or no electronic communication — to understand their needs related to the development.

“He also assists us in communicating with other role-players including government agencies as and when required,” said Brink. The developer added that Vilakazi attended the public meeting in his personal capacity and is not representing Laurusco or the other companies involved in the project.

Millar said he is grateful for the response, but noted that the former municipal manager does not have a specific title for his work on the project: “It is still unclear whether he is a contracted consultant or just helping out of the goodness of his heart.”

Millar said he also found it interesting that as a person who assists the company with communicating with other role-players — including government agencies — Vilakazi is not mandated by the developer to attend a public hearing where those very role-players and agencies are represented.

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