uMngeni boss quits unexpectedly

2014-03-06 00:00

UMNGENI municipality was hit by the surprise resignation this week of its municipal manager, Dr Mpilo Ngubane, who had been in the position for just over a year.

There were indications that Ngubane was not popular with ANC councillors, when his contract was not confirmed at a meeting at the end of last year but extended for a period of 18 months.

Ngubane, however, clearly had the support of the DA councillors. After that meeting, DA caucus leader Pam Passmoor issued a statement in the media expressing her party’s disappointment that the ANC did not confirm his contract.

Passmoor said at the time that the mayor, Mbali Myeni, despite her lavish praise for his contribution in assisting with the turnaround of the municipality’s finances exactly a week earlier, launched into a personal attack on Ngubane.

Asked to comment yesterday on the MM’s resignation, Passmoor said that she was appalled that Ngubane found his working environment so toxic that he had no alternative but to resign.

“He is a true professional and, under his watch, the financial recovery of the municipality made great strides, but the ruling party obviously has other plans for uMngeni,” Passmoor added.

Myeni confirmed that council had received Ngubane’s resignation letter. She said the matter came before council where it was held in-committee and deliberations could therefore not be made public.

With the departure of Ngubane, uMngeni will be without a municipal manager and a chief financial officer (CFO).

The CFO, Nadine Thomas, left last year after being head-hunted by the KZN Department of Arts and Culture.

Myeni was confident that the municipality would manage in the interim.

“The departure of any manager is compensated for in the short-term by the appointment in an acting capacity of other managers within this municipality. The absence of a CFO and a municipal manager at the same time, whilst undesirable, in no way compromises our ability to function normally, as we are guided by sound policies and systems that are in place to deal with such eventualities,” she said

Myeni said they were committed to filling those posts speedily.

Ngubane said he was unable to comment at this stage as his resignation was a matter between him and his employer.

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