[04-05-2016] Veteran local government administrator and former political activist, Yunus Chamda has commenced his new role as the Municipal Manager of the Emfuleni Local Municipality (ELM). The newly-seconded Municipal Manager said he was impressed at the amount of talent and dedication in the municipality’s employ after observing from the sidelines.
“Discussions about my redeployment to the ELM began as soon as the Executive Mayor, Councillor Mahole Mofokeng, was announced as the new ELM Mayor some six months ago. Ever since then, I have been observing the way people at this municipality work and I have been amazed at the talent and dedication I have seen,” the Municipal Manager told senior ELM staff at the his first meeting held at the Mayoral Parlour on Tuesday, 3 May – his first official day at work.
Chamda, who was introduced to senior staffers by the Executive Mayor, also expressed delight at reconnecting with ‘old colleagues’ he had worked with during his previous stints at the ELM when he was a Speaker and Mayor. “I appreciate the energy and commitment of the officials here and I want to assure you that I am not here because I am obsessed with power. I am more obsessed with excellence and demand that things are done to the best of our abilities. The three things I always demand from officials are communication; attendance and punctuality, and professionalism in treating people,” he said.
Chamda has been seconded to the ELM to help turnaround the municipality’s fortunes, with the authority facing many challenges – including billing issues, corruption and maladministration and other service delivery obstacles. He replaces former Municipal Manager, Sam Shabalala, who will now be heading a new unit called Utilities and Strategic Projects. This unit will look after the ELM utilities such as its water authority, Metsi-a-Lekoa, and others.
“I worked with the former Municipal Manager for many years and I have no doubt in his abilities. He was the man who set up Metsi-a-Lekoa and we believe his expertise will help build a foundation for the new unit,” Chamda said.
The new MM also repeated Mayor Mofokeng’s vow that the new transition taking place in the ELM would not lead to losses of any jobs.
He called on officials to work together as a collective to improve the municipality’s image and performance. The MM is expected to hold a series of meeting with key stakeholders both in and outside the municipality as he begins to steer the ELM towards becoming a metropolitan municipality.
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