A seasoned municipal official has been appointed to head Kouga Municipality’s Community Services directorate.Nomvula Machelesi has been appointed as the new Director: Community Services. She has 20 years’ work experience in the department, having started in the municipality as an Environmental Health Practitioner in 1998.Machelesi grew through the ranks and became Health Services Manager in 2006, work which included the running of clinics, before the service was taken over by the provincial government. She also led the pilot programme for the Blue Flag at Dolphin Beach during this time. She has on a number of occasions acted as Director and was working in this capacity over the recent festive season. Her appointment was approved by the Kouga Council in March and has been submitted for concurrence by the MEC for Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs.She holds a BTech Degree in Environmental Health from Nelson Mandela University and has completed the certificate programme in Municipal Financial Management, popularly known as “CPMD”.Executive Mayor Elza van Lingen congra-tulated Machelesi who was one of almost 50 applicants from around the country.“The advert attracted a number of highly capable individuals, and the independent panel recommended her as the most suitably qualified person for the job. “That speaks of the quality she presented, both in terms of her qualifications, experience and the interview,” she said.Van Lingen said it was also worth noting that Machelesi is the first woman Director of Community Services in Kouga, which has traditionally been a male-dominated directorate in terms of management positions.