Metro seeks to add unit to sell the city

Weekend Post (South Africa) - - News - No­maz­ima Nkosi [email protected]­soblack­

The Nel­son Man­dela Bay mu­nic­i­pal­ity is aim­ing to sub­mit an item for the de­vel­op­ment of a new mar­ket­ing unit within the mu­nic­i­pal­ity to the coun­cil dur­ing its sec­ond meet­ing of the year.

This fol­lows a de­ci­sion by the coun­cil in De­cem­ber to ab­sorb some of the tourism func­tions car­ried out by Nel­son Man­dela Bay Tourism.

On Fri­day, eco­nomic de­vel­op­ment, agri­cul­ture and tourism ex­ec­u­tive di­rec­tor Anele Qaba said they would sub­mit an item for coun­cil to ap­prove in­di­cat­ing the bud­get im­pli­ca­tions of adding the unit and chang­ing the organogram of his de­part­ment to add the mar­ket­ing func­tion.

“The ex­er­cise we’re do­ing right now is look­ing at the organogram, job de­scrip­tions in line with the organogram and cost im­pli­ca­tions of the struc­ture, but we will li­aise with bud­get and trea­sury and cor­po­rate ser­vices in terms of struc­ture and job de­scrip­tion.

“There will also be job eval­u­a­tions that need to be done and once those pro­cesses are done, we’ll have to grade those po­si­tions in terms of salar­ies,” Qaba said.

Nel­son Man­dela Bay Tourism had re­cently ap­pointed a new CEO, Glen­ton de Kock, who started work on Sep­tem­ber 1 2018.

Asked if the mu­nic­i­pal­ity would pay De Kock out or ab­sorb him into the new unit, Qaba said he could not com­ment on that be­cause a de­ci­sion on what to do with De Kock and the rest of the staff at the tourism body rested with the board.

“Glen­ton and the struc­tures of NMBT are not a re­spon­si­bil­ity of the metro. Pos­si­bly pay­ing Glen­ton out is a de­ci­sion of the board so the board will have to de­cide what to do.

“But as the MMC [mem­ber of the may­oral com­mit­tee Quee­nie Pink] had pre­vi­ously said, we can­not be reck­less. She made it clear we’d con­sider those who are com­pe­tent and meet the re­quire­ments but that goes through all hu­man re­sources channels.

“The struc­ture, for ex­am­ple, will likely have a mar­ket­ing man­ager, so we’ll say these are the po­si­tions we have and those who are com­pe­tent and meet the re­quire­ments must ap­ply and that’s it.

“Our role is to ad­ver­tise and give them an op­por­tu­nity to ap­ply and con­sider them as we do the re­cruit­ment for the in­ter­nal staff,” Qaba said.

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