ACT­ING MU­NIC­I­PAL MAN­AGER STARTS WORK

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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.

Pic­ture: ABONGILE SOLUNDWANA

AT THE HELM: Enoch Mgi­jima Lo­cal Mu­nic­i­pal­ity act­ing man­ager Mzi­wox­olo Ed­ward Din­gani

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