City awaits new MM

2020-02-12 06:01

Who will be the new City boss?

Three candidates will go up against each other for the Msunduzi municipal manager position this Friday.

Yesterday Mayor Mzimkhulu Thebolla confirmed that the interview panel was ready to grill the candidates in their quest to find the best person for the job.

“We would like to promise the people of Msunduzi that we’ve shortlisted the best candidates from the batch of applications that we received and also assure them that only the name of the best of the best will be recommended to council for appointment.”

Thebolla said the new City manager was anticipated to report for duty in April, but that was dependent on whether a suitably qualified and capable candidate emerged from Friday’s interviews.

He said they did not want to make a mistake or settle for second best, so they would reopen the recruitment process if they did not get “better than satisfactory” results from the interviews.

“I can’t predict the outcome of the interviews but once the process is finalised we will be able to share the credentials of the person who will be appointed ...”

He was optimistic that the interviews would go smoothly and that all the shortlisted candidates would bring their A-game.

Thebolla said the appointment of the municipal manager was one of the critical steps towards ensuring administrative stability at the City Hall.

He said the applications for positions of the general manager for community services and the head of infrastructure services had already been closed and shortlisting was under way.

On how these critical appointments would affect the intervention of the KZN Department of Co-operative Governance and Traditional Affairs in Msunduzi as Sibusiso Sithole and his team were still on the ground, Thebolla said the decision on how long the administration period would continue for was up to the department and the National Council of Provinces.

The DA, IFP and EFF were “cautiously” optimistic that the appointment of the municipal manager would signify the start of a new era for Msunduzi and its residents.

“The presence of the administrator [Sithole] makes us hopeful that we won’t end up with another irregular appointment like what happened with Sizwe Hadebe. This is the time for our City to start afresh and do things right and I hope we don’t miss that opportunity because this ship can’t sink any further,” said DA caucus leader Sibongiseni Majola.

His sentiments were echoed by the IFP’s Thinasonke Ntombela, who said Msunduzi made a mistake of letting go of the former municipal manager, Mxolisi Nkosi. He hoped that this time they appointed someone of the same calibre and with the vision to reclaim the City of Choice’s former glory of clean audits and quality service delivery.

Regional secretary of the EFF David Msomi said the people of Pietermaritzburg deserved a municipal manager who cared about their needs and did not let his or her political affiliations interfere with their job.

“We hope whoever is appointed is equal to the task and would be able to stand up to political bullies and those who have brought Msunduzi to the situation that it is in today where it can’t even fix potholes or cut verges.”

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