City bosses way off targets

2016-05-23 12:39
The red-brick road around the City Hall.

The red-brick road around the City Hall. (Jonathan Burton)

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Pietermaritzburg - The two Pietermaritzburg city bosses who have acted as municipal manager in the absence of the suspended Mxolisi Nkosi, failed to meet the performance targets they signed off on in the past two financial years, and should go for performance counselling.

This is according to the Msunduzi annual performance assessment report, which was presented to the strategic management committee in March. It revealed how acting municipal manager Boniwe Zulu failed to meet her targets as the deputy municipal manager of community services in the 2013/14 and 2014/15 financial years.

The report, which was leaked to The Witness, also reveals how Dr Ray Ngcobo, who acts as the municipal manager when Zulu is away, failed to meet his targets as the deputy municipal manager for economic development in the 2013/14 and 2014/15 financial years.

The pair were among three deputy municipal managers who failed to score in the category of fully effective, which is 100% to 129%, with Ngcobo languishing at the bottom of the deputy municipal managers’ scores.

Zulu scored 89,66% in 2013/14, although the assessment was done on the business unit as a whole and not on her personally, as she had taken over the position during the financial year.

In 2014/15 Zulu’s performance was 87,66%, a decline of two percent.

Ngcobo scored 73,33% and 75,93% respectively, an improvement of 2,60%.

According to the Msunduzi performance management policy, anything between 70% and 99% is condemned as “performance not fully effective”, and the council should recommend performance counselling for the individual.

The policy clearly states that the targets are not imposed on the incumbent.

Both Zulu and Ngcobo were on probation when they failed to meet their targets, and their probations were extended by one year.

Although there were two other deputy municipal managers who recorded fully effective performances, the council voted Zulu in as the acting municipal manager when Nkosi was suspended.

Nkosi had achieved 118,33% in 2013/14 and 122% in 2014/15.

Msunduzi spokesperson Nqobile Madonda declined to comment on the contents of the report when asked whether Zulu’s performance had been considered before she was voted to lead the entire municipality.

“Performance assessment matters and the scores of employees are strictly between an employer and employee, and as such will not be discussed in the public space.

“Furthermore, a report discussed at a Strategic Management Committee is regarded as confidential until it has been discussed at other committees or Executive Committee — it is still in the pipeline and it is concerning that it is now in the media and the reasons thereto are even more concerning,” she said.

Zulu declined to comment on her performance, saying she could not respond to a document that The Witness had received unofficially.

Attempts to get comment from Ngcobo were unsuccessful as he did not answer his phone nor respond to SMS queries sent to him since Thursday.

The assessments were conducted between October 2015 and March this year by a panel consisting of the chairperson of the relevant portfolio committee, the municipal manager as the supervisor, performance management practitioners, and the chainperson of the audit committee.

The report still needs to be submitted to the internal audit unit for scrutiny.

Once the internal audit has been completed, the report on its findings must be submitted to the audit committee and full council, where a resolution must be taken.

None of the current deputy municipal managers managed to score in the bonus category (130% to 149%) which is a performance significantly above expectation, or 150% and above which indicates outstanding performance.


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