PANEL TO LOOK AT SELECTION OF NEW EMLM MUNICIPAL MANAGER
ENOCH Mgijima Local Municipality (EMLM) executive mayor Lindiwe Gunuza-Nkwentsha, OR Tambo district municipal manager Owen Hlazo, a Cogta representative and ANC councillor Noluthando Nqabisa will sit on the panel to select the local authority’s new municipal manager.
EMLM has been without a permanent municipal manager since last year’s merger of Tsolwana, Lukhanji and Nkwanca local municipalities.
Council speaker Mzoxolo Peter said he did not have the master list that consisted of all the applicants’ names and that strategic executive officer Donovan van Wyk was supposed to be in the meeting with the list, but was not there.
Gunuza-Nkwentsha was also not in the meeting with acting mayor Luleka Gubula present.
According to the Government Gazette, the selection panel for the appointment of a municipal manager must consist of three and not more than five members.
It must comprise the mayor as the chairperson, a councillor designated by the municipal council and at least one other person, who is not a councillor or a staff member of the municipality, who has expertise in the area of the advertised post.
ANC councillor Madoda Papiyana proposed that three people should serve on the panel with an added Cogta representative as an observer. He also proposed OR Tambo District municipal manager, Owen Hlazo, as having expertise in such appointment.
No further nominees for the expert position on the panel were proposed after some council members seconded the proposed name.
UDM councillor Mthuthuzeli Hokolo sought clarity about the proposed expert, claiming not to know him.
Papiyana said Hlazo was one of the most experienced municipal managers in the province who had served in government for about 20 years.
United Front councillor Aaron Mhlontlo cautioned anyone who would “frustrate” the appointment process and urged the speaker to call a meeting if anyone tried to sabotage the process.
DA councillor Zuko Mandile said the panelists should consist of members from various political parties and not only that of the majority.