Mettler is metro’s new manager

2016-11-30 06:01
: Johann Mettler photo: supplied

: Johann Mettler photo: supplied

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THE Nelson Mandela Bay Metro Council last Thursday made a U-turn on his appointed municipal manager.

A Council resolution in October to appoint Vuyo Mlokoti in the post, was recalled after finding he had withheld information about his work history.

The Council then approved a proposal that the acting city manager, Johann Mettler, is appointed to the position.

Athol Trollip executive mayor, announced on October 27 that Mlokoti was the municipality’s choice as city manager.

He said thereafter they found evidence of him withholding information about the early termination of his contract with his previous employer the South African State Information Technology Agency (Sita).

The decision to appoint Mlokoti was then revoked by the council.

Mettler is very excited about the opportunity

“I would very much like to be part of a winning city and look forward to good and better days for the Bay,” he added.

Mettler entered his post as city manager on December 1, 2015 after being deployed by the national Department of Cooperative Governance to sort out the metro.

Before this position, he had already built a reputation as “Mr. Fixit”.

In 2010 he was employed as the manager for the ailing Msunduzi Municipality in KwaZulu-Natal, where he impressed with the changes he brought about.

In 2012 he started working as municipal manager of the Drakenstein municipality in Paarl, where he remained until he was sent to Port Elizabeth.

Mettler is a qualified lawyer who studied at the University of the Western Cape before he obtained his master’s degree from the Lund University in Sweden.

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