ACTING MUNICIPAL MANAGER STARTS WORK
NEW acting municipal manager of the Enoch Mgijima Local Municipality, Mziwoxolo Edward Dingani, will be heading the local government institution for the next three months.
The post at EMLM has been embroiled in controversy following the early departure of former MM, Nolwandle Gqiba, in January this year.
Earlier this year, the UDM obtained an interdict against the municipality, preventing the appointment of an MM – with the preferred candidate former Sakhisizwe municipal manager Thembeni Samuels – as the party indicated that the correct processes had not been followed. The matter was dismissed with costs by the Grahamstown High Court.
Following a decision by council in August this year that the post be readvertised, UDM councillor Mthuthuzeli Hokolo said they were pleased with the decision.
EMLM spokesman Gcobani Msindwana indicated this week that Dingani would be in the position in a temporary capacity.
Dingani hails from nearby Molteno, which fell under the former Inkwanca Municipality, and worked as a teacher until 2007.
“I started working for local government in 2008 at the former Inkwanca Municipality as a community service manager.
“Last year, I was appointed as an acting municipal manager at the municipality until its amalgamation with the Tsolwana and Lukhanji municipalities.”
He confirmed that the EMLM council had taken a resolution for the municipal post to be advertised by next week.
Dingani said the absence of a municipal manager compromised the entire administration.
“The municipal manager needs to ensure that things are done, especially in issues of service delivery which is the key to the survival of the municipality.”
During the three-month period, he plans to lead the organisation to stability by putting processes in place to ensure that finances improved.
“We are coming from a month where municipal workers went on a strike which affected our revenue collection. The municipality is currently in the red and we need to devise strategies to recover from the loss in order to take the organisation forward.”
His second priority would be to focus on the dilapidated electricity infrastructure.
“There are constant electricity outages in local areas, especially in Ezibeleni. We have sourced assistance from the cooperative governance and traditional affairs department (Cogta) to provide people with expert knowledge ... It has been years since the people of the township have been struggling.”
He was undecided if he would apply for the post.
AT THE HELM: Enoch Mgijima Local Municipality acting manager Mziwoxolo Edward Dingani