City manager on the right track

2015-07-22 10:30
Deputy Mayor Thobani Zuma, Msunduzi municipal manager Mxolisi Nkosi and Mayor Chris Ndlela show off the award with which Nkosi was recently honoured.

Deputy Mayor Thobani Zuma, Msunduzi municipal manager Mxolisi Nkosi and Mayor Chris Ndlela show off the award with which Nkosi was recently honoured. (Jonathan Burton)

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AFTER winning the Best Performing Municipal Manager award at Premier Senzo Mchunu’s excellence awards last week, Msunduzi municipal manager Mxolisi Nkosi says it’s only “onwards and upwards” from now on.

Nkosi received his gold award certifying him as the best performing municipal manager in the province for 2014/2015 and will go on to represent KwaZulu-Natal in the national awards.

“Winning this award is very important and shows that there is something that we as a municipality are doing right and that people, other than ourselves, are beginning to bear witness to that,” said Nkosi.

Invitations were sent to all municipalities in the province to submit nominees. The first round of the application included a strong motivation letter. Three entrants were shortlisted and each contestant was subjected to a personal interview by a panel of adjudicators.

Nkosi said he was further required to produce a portfolio of evidence during the adjudication process. “The biggest challenge now is maintaining this upward mobility and ensuring that we continue to deliver services to all corners of the municipality,” he said.

Msunduzi Mayor Chris Ndlela commended Nkosi on his achievement, saying he is “very proud” of the municipal manager.

“To be awarded by the premier on his excellent work in the city is highly commendable. This goes to show that Msunduzi has the potential to be the best municipality in the province,” said Ndlela.

Nkosi, who has been municipal manager of the city since 2012, said he believes “a high work ethic, good governance and instilling discipline” were some of the key aspects he has brought to the municipality.

“Also high fiscal and stringent controls were some of the differences my team and I made in the municipality and city at large,” he added.

Nkosi said he is very proud to be a part of the city and its development and is most honoured to work at the City Hall. “The City Hall is my favourite place in the city. It is a privilege to work in such a majestic piece of art. No matter where you view it from, whichever angle, whether day or night, this building never loses its beauty. To serve as municipal manager in Msunduzi is doing something that changes people’s lives for the better and that is what I enjoy most about my job,” said Nkosi.

Uthungula District municipal manager Mandla Nkosi and uMzinyathi District municipal manager Thami Malunga were awarded the silver and bronze certificates respectively

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