New GKM manager appointed

2017-04-07 06:00
Lulamile Mapholoba has been appointed the new Greater Kokstad Municipality Manager.Photo: siphelele nketo

Lulamile Mapholoba has been appointed the new Greater Kokstad Municipality Manager.Photo: siphelele nketo

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AFTER a year without a permanent manager, Greater Kokstad Municipality has announced Lulamile Mapho loba as the new municipal manager for the next five years. This was announced at a special council meeting on Wednesday.

The post has been vacant since February 2016 after Zamo Mkhize’s contract expired. Andile Velem had been acting in the interim.

According to GKM mayor, Bheki Mtolo, Mapholoba scored 80% in the interviews held last Friday when he was up against Emily Mmantsipo Nombungu, who has worked for various government departments and municipalities. Another candidate for the position was Mthetheleli Moses Ndlela, who is the municipal manager at uPhongolo Local Municipality.

Mapholoba’s appointment was welcomed by GKM councillors and Mtolo who describes Mapholoba as person with a vision and a passion to take Kokstad to another level.
Mtolo said Mapholoba has a good record in the many municipalities he worked in.

“Mapholoba left Umzimkhulu Municipality in a good financial state when he was the municipal manager. Under his leadership, Mandeni Municipality received clean audit outcomes. GKM needs a manager­ that will ensure we receive clean audit outcomes,” said Mtolo.

However, EFF councillor Dumisani Dlamini said Mapholoba’s appointment is similar to cadre deployment because he has a bad record in the previous municipalities­ he worked in.

He said a background check was not done properly by GKM before appointing him.
At a meeting where councillors supported Mapholoba’s appointment, Dlamini walked out.

Mpholoba told the Fever he is happy about his appointment and is confident he will improve the infrastructure of Kokstad.  

“I am going to mobilise resources from government to develop Kokstad. I will also make sure that the local economy is boosted in order to fight unemployment.
“The infrastructure of Kokstad is old and it is my challenge to improve it and fight corruption.”

He denied he has a bad record in the previous municipalities he worked in.



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