Tsh­wane coun­cil set to en­dorse its new city man­ager

Can­di­date did a ster­ling job at Brand SA, says mayor, but warns against dis­rup­tions at meet­ing

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TSH­WANE mayor Solly Msi­manga yes­ter­day an­nounced the nom­i­na­tion of Moeketsi Em­manuel Mosola to take over the reins as per­ma­nent city man­ager.

Mosola’s ap­point­ment will have to be af­firmed at a coun­cil meet­ing to­day.

“At the last coun­cil meet­ing for 2016, I re­quested an ex­ten­sion of the ap­point­ment of the in­cum­bent act­ing city man­ager (Lindiwe Kwele) for the pur­pose of al­low­ing the panel more time to ap­ply its col­lec­tive mind ahead of the ap­point­ment of a per­ma­nent city man­ager,” Msi­manga told jour­nal­ists in Pre­to­ria.

“I am glad to an­nounce that the in­ter­view has been con­cluded and we now have a nom­i­nee for the po­si­tion of city man­ager. The nom­i­nee is some­one we strongly be­lieve can ful­fil the du­ties and re­spon­si­bil­i­ties of the po­si­tion of city man­ager and as­sist in bring­ing the change to Tsh­wane which we de­sire,” he said.

Even though Msi­manga ex­pects strife when the coun­cil con­venes, he said he hoped that the mat­ter of a sub­stan­tive city man­ager would be put to bed.

Kwele has been in an act­ing ca­pac­ity since for­mer city man­ager Ja­son Ngobeni re­signed when the DA-led ad­min­is­tra­tion took over Tsh­wane from the ANC fol­low­ing the Au­gust lo­cal gov­ern­ment elec­tions.

“We are con­fi­dent that coun­cil will con­firm his (Mosola) nom­i­na­tion and that we can con­tinue the work we have al­ready be­gun, in earnest,” said Msi­manga.

He thanked Kwele for step­ping up to the plate and serv­ing as the act­ing city man­ager af­ter Ngobeni re­signed

“We are grate­ful and will con­tinue to work with her as the deputy city man­ager, a po­si­tion for which she served in be­fore act­ing as the city man­ager,” he said.

Mosola was the chief ex­ec­u­tive of Im­pe­rial Hold­ings’ tourism and pas­sen­ger trans­port di­vi­sion – a po­si­tion he had held since 2009.

He was chief ex­ec­u­tive of SA Tourism from 2004 to 2009, re­spon­si­ble for the SA Tourism brand de­vel­op­ment strat­egy and busi­ness plan.

He also served as SA Tourism’s chief oper­at­ing of­fi­cer from 2001 to 2004.

While chief ex­ec­u­tive of SA Tourism, Mosola was jointly ap­pointed as act­ing chief ex­ec­u­tive of the In­ter­na­tional Mar­ket­ing Coun­cil, now know as Brand South Africa, Msi­manga said.

The mayor cau­tioned against the dis­rup­tion of coun­cil ac­tiv­i­ties, which had be­come a fea­ture of the Tsh­wane coun­cil last year.

“It is in the best in­ter­ests of the peo­ple of Tsh­wane that all mem­bers, no mat­ter their po­lit­i­cal party, de­sist from dis­rupt­ing coun­cil pro­ceed­ings.

“As we have shown in the 100 days in of­fice re­port of De­cem­ber 12, 2016, dis­rup­tions won’t de­ter us from our work to de­liver on ti­tle deeds and re­cruit­ing more metro po­lice of­fi­cers to make our city safer.”

The mayor added that they also wanted to get the city off a con­tract that made it ex­tremely dif­fi­cult to pro­vide sus­tain­able elec­tric­ity to peo­ple and busi­nesses.

He con­demned the spate of “dis­rup­tive” protests across the cap­i­tal, pledg­ing to sta­bilise his new ad­min­is­tra­tion, which took over af­ter the mu­nic­i­pal elec­tions.

Msi­manga also re­vealed that Tsh­wane was strug­gling to keep the flag­ship Tsh­wane wi-fi pro­ject on­line. “It has re­ceived awards and is greatly ben­e­fi­cial, but is in des­per­ate need of pri­vate-pub­lic part­ner­ship, be­cause the city can­not af­ford to foot the bill for this wi-fi.

“We have be­gun en­cour­ag­ing the pri­vate sec­tor to as­sist us in this re­gard in or­der to make our pro­vi­sion of wi-fi sus­tain­able and com­pet­i­tive,” he added.

NEW CITY MAN­AGER: Moeketsi Mosola

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