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Sol municipal manager post to be advertised; new mayoral committee appointed

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The post of Sol Plaatje municipal manager will be advertised within the next 14 days as the five-year contract of Goolam Akharwaray came to an end on Monday.

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THE POST of Sol Plaatje municipal manager will be advertised within the next 14 days as the five-year contract of Goolam Akharwaray came to an end on Monday, December 6.

He will continue employment on a month-to-month basis for a period not exceeding three months starting from December 7 to allow the council to conclude its recruitment and selection processes.

Akharwaray and chief financial officer Lydia Mahloko returned to their posts in August, three years after they were placed on precautionary suspension, after a settlement agreement was reached in the Northern Cape High Court over the Section 106 report that was conducted at Sol Plaatje Municipality into irregularities in 2018.

A city-wide shutdown took place in 2018 over high electricity tariffs, 50 percent water losses and 24 percent electricity losses, as well as the irregular appointment of a public relations company.

Meanwhile, Sol Plaatje executive mayor Kagisho Sonyoni announced his new mayoral committee on Tuesday.

He stated that the members of the mayoral committee (MMC) would have the responsibility of ensuring that targets for growth and development were met and that service delivery was taking place.

“These individuals will carry the responsibility of oversight and accountability in their respective portfolios,” said Sonyoni.

“Let me indicate the expectations and demands that will be placed on each one of them.

“We expect from them to be team members and to be supportive of the overall goals of Sol Plaatje Municipality.

“They must assist in building human resources and implement our plans.”

Sonyoni pointed out that the MMC members were expected to provide the necessary support to management as well as hold them accountable.

“The days of unaccountability and no consequences are history. Their responsibility remains one of providing strategic leadership in their portfolios. Let us always remember that we are servants of the people and that must be at the heart of what we always execute.

“They will be expected to be solution-oriented and eager to bring about change in our people’s lives.

They will, together with me, drive growth in the economic sector and development across the municipality, especially among the unemployed youth.”

Sonyoni added that MMC members would have to account to council on a regular basis on their work and decisions.

“Let me state from the onset that these appointments are for an initial period of six months, and an assessment of the performance of the team will be made and any individual deemed not to have met their set targets will be summarily replaced.

“This assessment will coincide with the presentation of the 2022/23 budget and an announcement on the performance of the MMC will be made and a decision going forward taken.”

Members of the mayoral committee (MMC):

MMC for Human Settlement – Mncedisi Nolitye

MMC for IDP, Budget and Performance Management – Martin White

MMC for Economic Development, Urban Renewal and Tourism – Sonia Bosman

MMC for Intergovernmental Relations and Customer Care – Emile Adams

MMC for Finance – Sebrina Engelbrecht

MMC for Corporate Services – Anna Boqo

MMC for Community Services – Thobeka Matika

MMC for Utility Trading Services – Jahn Pietersen

MMC for Transport, Roads and Stormwater – Pearl Mouers

MMC for Safety and Security – Gabriel Mofokeng

Chairperson of Spelum – Margaret Molatudi

Chairperson of the Municipal Public Accounts Committee – Frikkie Banda

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