Un­filled posts in cap­i­tal

The Mercury - - NEWS - Thami Magubane

THE Msun­duzi Mu­nic­i­pal­ity has un­der­spent by close to R60 mil­lion on its bud­get for salaries as it has failed to fill funded va­cant posts.

A re­port tabled be­fore Exco mem­bers last week re­vealed that the coun­cil had un­der­spent by about R60m on the salaries of em­ploy­ees this fi­nan­cial year.

The mu­nic­i­pal­ity had a bud­get of R1.1 bil­lion and spent only R1.04bn by June this year.

The re­port stated that in May this year, the mu­nic­i­pal­ity had 3 328 em­ploy­ees; 1 991 were male and 1 344 fe­male.

Msun­duzi mu­nic­i­pal man­ager Sizwe Hadebe told Exco the mu­nic­i­pal­ity was work­ing to fill va­cant posts, pri­ori­tis­ing key ones, but the process would not be com­pleted within a sin­gle fi­nan­cial year.

DA leader in the coun­cil Jerome Ma­jola said the mu­nic­i­pal­ity by fail­ing to fill funded posts was a se­ri­ous in­dict­ment on its man­age­ment.

He said the organogram showed that there were close to 6 000 jobs in the coun­cil but only around 3 000 po­si­tions had been filled.

“There are about 2 500 jobs in this mu­nic­i­pal­ity that are va­cant de­spite the fact that they are fully funded.

“There are peo­ple who need jobs out there; what kind of an impression does this cre­ate to those peo­ple?

“We have va­can­cies in waste man­age­ment and peo­ple who clean the city, which is dirty. When you speak to peo­ple re­spon­si­ble for keep­ing the city clean, they will tell you that out of 15 driv­ers that are needed, there are only seven avail­able.”

Ma­jola said there were se­ri­ous short­ages even in the mu­nic­i­pal traf­fic depart­ment.

“There are peo­ple in this mu­nic­i­pal­ity who could and want to be traf­fic of­fi­cers, but those po­si­tions are not be­ing filled.

“In this mu­nic­i­pal­ity, the shift of traf­fic of­fi­cers ends at 8pm. Af­ter that you can drive any way you choose be­cause the po­lice are nowhere to be seen and that is the prob­lem.”

IFP leader in the coun­cil Thi­na­sonke Ntombela said the rev­e­la­tions were a sign of poor plan­ning from coun­cil ad­min­is­tra­tion.

“It does not make sense that when you have the money to fill posts, you do not do that. Only they know the real rea­son be­hind that,” said Ntombela.

“As the IFP, we find this to be un­ac­cept­able. This is deny­ing the peo­ple of Msun­duzi op­por­tu­ni­ties. There are grad­u­ates in Msun­duzi who could ben­e­fit from this op­por­tu­nity.”

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