Akharawaray or­dered to pay back skills al­lowance

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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.

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