Bid­dulph quits com­mit­tee role

Trol­lip’s cabi­net now has two va­can­cies

The Herald (South Africa) - - NEWS - Siyam­tanda Capa ca­[email protected]­me­

COR­PO­RATE ser­vices port­fo­lio head Dean Bid­dulph has re­signed from the may­oral com­mit­tee, leav­ing Athol Trol­lip’s cabi­net with two va­cant po­si­tions.

Bid­dulph has been at the helm of the cor­po­rate ser­vices and hu­man re­sources port­fo­lio for 13 months.

He re­signed on De­cem­ber 1 and is set to join the Ire­land-based CHBC Of­fice Group as chief op­er­at­ing of­fi­cer while he con­tin­ues on as Ward 2 coun­cil­lor.

Yes­ter­day, Bid­dulph said he would not be leav­ing the Bay de­spite his new cor­po­rate home be­ing head­quar­tered abroad.

Bid­dulph’s res­ig­na­tion leaves the may­oral com­mit­tee with two va­can­cies af­ter former deputy mayor Mongameli Bobani was fired from his po­si­tion as po­lit­i­cal head of pub­lic health in April.

Trol­lip has been act­ing in the po­si­tion ever since.

Yes­ter­day, Trol­lip said the two po­si­tions should be filled next week.

Bid­dulph said he had ac­cepted the of­fer from CHBC as “I be­lieve it opens up new op­por­tu­ni­ties for my fam­ily and me”.

Bid­dulph said he was com­pelled to re­sign as may­oral com­mit­tee mem­bers could not hold pri­vate pay­ing po­si­tions.

He said he was con­fi­dent he would be able to jug­gle his cor­po­rate job with be­ing a ward coun­cil­lor.

“I man­aged to do both may­oral and ward coun­cil jobs suc­cess­fully.

“I con­tinue to serve at the plea­sure of the vot­ers of Ward 2 and the party,” Bid­dulph said.

He said the party had been happy for him to stay on as ward coun­cil­lor, which was a part-time job as op­posed to a full-time ap­point­ment in the may­oral com­mit­tee.

His ten­ure as po­lit­i­cal head along­side ex­ec­u­tive di­rec­tor Vuyo Zi­tu­mane saw the city cre­ate an R8.4-mil­lion sav­ing on tele­phone costs, while the pur­chase of the Fi­delity build­ing is ex­pected to save the city R15-mil­lion a year as rent will no longer be paid.

Other strides made by the de­part­ment in­cluded devel­op­ing a func­tion­ing leave sys­tem as well as herald­ing the city coun­cil into the dig­i­tal age with pa­per­less agen­das.

“It has been an ab­so­lute priv­i­lege to serve in the cabi­net of Mayor Trol­lip.

“Con­trary to certain opin­ions, he has been an amaz­ing boss and easy to work for as long as you do your job to the best of your abil­ity,” Bid­dulph said

“My time on the may­oral com­mit­tee has been a won­der­ful pe­riod of per­sonal and ca­reer growth. I will cer­tainly miss the chal­lenges but equally rel­ish the new op­por­tu­ni­ties ahead.

“I wish my suc­ces­sor ev­ery suc­cess.”

Trol­lip said Bid­dulph’s move had come as a shock.

“I could not pos­si­bly have an­tic­i­pated this even­tu­al­ity.

“We will miss Bid­dulph’s ex­pe­ri­ence and great sense of hu­mour,” he said.

“Cor­po­rate ser­vices is a crit­i­cal de­part­ment and im­prove­ments have been made but more are still re­quired and we all [must] col­lab­o­rate to achieve these.”

Speaker Jonathan Lawack said the sys­tems act al­lowed for pro­por­tional rep­re­sen­ta­tion (PR) and ward coun­cil­lors to have full-time jobs.

“Ward coun­cil­lors are part­time coun­cilors and be­cause of that they are al­lowed to have jobs,” Lawack said.

South African Lo­cal Gov­ern­ment As­so­ci­a­tion spokesman Tahir Sema said whether or not ward coun­cil­lors could have jobs dif­fered from mu­nic­i­pal­ity to mu­nic­i­pal­ity.


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