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
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