Akharawaray ordered to pay back skills allowance
THE MUNICIPAL manager at the Sol Plaatje Municipality, Goolam Akharawaray, has been ordered to “pay back the money” after awarding himself a scarce skills allowance of R188 558.
Along with his standalone remuneration of R1,8 million, the scarce skills allowance boosts his annual package to just over R2 million.
The Department of Co-operative Governance, Human Settlements and Traditional Affairs has also been requested to investigate and conduct a lifestyle audit into his affairs.
The Section 106 investigation report stated that Akharwaray was not entitled to this allowance, in terms of the upper limits of total remuneration packages.
The task team has ordered that the over-payment be recovered while the executive director of Corporate Services should also be disciplined for allowing this over-payment to be processed.
“The municipal manager has two employment contracts running concurrently where the first three months of his contract was extended from November 1 2017 until January 2018. The second contract runs from December 7 2017 until December 6 2022.
“It is evident that the municipality, in particular corporate services, did not apply its mind when it entered into the above mentioned contracts.”
The report stated that the remuneration package of the municipal manager should be re-calculated and re-adjusted, as it was currently in violation of the upper limits of total remuneration packages for municipal managers.