‘Matjhabeng will have clean au­dit’

The New Age (Free State) - - FREE STATE NEWS - GRACE BOLOWANA prov­inces@the­newage.co.za

NEWLY ap­pointed Matjhabeng lo­cal mu­nic­i­pal man­ager Thabiso Tsoaeli said his im­me­di­ate goal was to ob­tain a clean au­dit for the author­ity.

He said he also wanted to see em­ploy­ees work­ing in syn­ergy to­wards his com­mon goals and he was not a man to make empty prom­ises.

Tsoaeli, for­merly the CFO of the same mu­nic­i­pal­ity, said he be­lieved in the ex­pres­sion, the proof of the pud­ding is in the eating.

“I don’t like mak­ing empty prom­ises and later in the end fail to de­liver them. I be­lieve in say­ing less and do­ing more. I want to hit the ground run­ning and make an im­pact. I know is not go­ing to be easy but I have a great team and enough faith in the lead­er­ship of the mu­nic­i­pal­ity,” he said.

Tsoaeli said he had a name and a rep­u­ta­tion to pro­tect.

“Let­ting the coun­cil and the com­mu­nity down is not an op­tion.”

He said he was a team player and that who why team syn­er­gies were im­por­tant.

“I am a team player who be­lieves that ex­cel­lence can only be achieved when a group of in­di­vid­u­als work with syn­ergy to­wards a com­mon goal. Greater heights will be achieved based on team­work,” he said. “Of course there are ba­sic things which need im­me­di­ate at­ten­tion. We have drafted a con­tin­gency pro­gramme to ad­dress the refuse col­lec­tion back­log in all of our units. The ag­ing fleet is hin­der­ing the smooth progress of this plan.”

Tsoaeli said the mu­nic­i­pal­ity had ad­ver­tised a ten­der for the ap­point­ment of a con­trac­tor to as­sist with sewage spillages in State­way and around Matjhabeng.

“There are other ad­ver­tise­ments as well for re­seal­ing of roads, re­plac­ing high mast lights and re­pair­ing of leak­ages.

“These are my medium term goals which should im­pact pos­i­tively on ser­vice de­liv­ery,” he said.

Tsoaeli served at Dih­labeng lo­cal mu­nic­i­pal­ity as the mu­nic­i­pal man­ager from Fe­bru­ary 2010 to April 2014.

He joined Matjhabeng in May 2014 and in that fi­nan­cial year the mu­nic­i­pal­ity had 20 qual­i­fi­ca­tion para­graphs, which in­cluded the ma­jor sec­tion that led to dis­claimer opin­ion.

From May, af­ter his ap­point­ment as CFO, he im­ple­mented in­ter­nal con­trols and the qual­i­fi­ca­tion de­creased to 12 para­graphs.

Matjhabeng ex­ec­u­tive mayor Nkos­in­jani Speel­man said Tsoaeli was the ideal per­son to take over as mu­nic­i­pal man­ager.

“I be­lieve he is the right per­son to drive Matjhabeng to the de­sired des­ti­na­tion,” he said.

IDEAL: Mayor Nkos­in­jani Speel­man praises man­ager Thabiso Tsoaeli.

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