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Media statement: The Emfuleni Local Council approves secondment of the Municipal Manager

Mr Dithabe Oupa Nkoane10 October 2017 - The Emfuleni Local Municipality has on the 10th October 2017 resolved on the secondment of Mr Dithabe Oupa Nkoane as the new MM for a period of twelve months.

Mr Nkoane, holds fifteen (15) years of experience in local government including being a former Chief Director for National Urban Renewal Program, head of City Planning in both Ekurhuleni and Tshwane and acting City Manager for City of Tshwane.

He is one of the team members who participated in drafting the white paper of local government and later appointed by SALGA as a policy researcher, key in development of many legislations including municipal systems act, municipal structures act, property rates act. A town planner by profession, he holds a master’s degree from University of Pretoria. His former job in local government was the CEO of Municipal Demarcation Board.

His appointment comes after months of assumption subsequent to resignation of the former MM, Mr Chamda.

This is good news on the operations and stability of the Municipality, said Mayor Mofokeng.

Due to the urgency of the matter and instead of opting for a headhunting process in terms of both the regulations and the council recruitment policy, the Executive Mayor on behalf of the Municipal Council opted to invoke Section 54A, 6(a) of the Municipal Systems Act- “The Municipal Council may request the MEC for Local Government to second a suitable person, on such conditions prescribed, to act in the advertised position of municipal manager until such time a suitable candidate has been appointed.”

The request for such secondment is also in compliance with section 20(1)(2)(3) and (4) of the regulations of the Local Government Regulations on the Appointment and Conditions of Employment of Senior Managers promulgated in terms of section 72 of the Municipal Systems Act, 2000 (Act No. 32 of 2000), under government Gazette No: 37245 of 14 January 2014, read with the unrepealed regulations published under government Gazette No: 36223 of 7 March 2013.

Mr Nkoane has been introduced to the panel in order to formally conclude the process of appointment. The seconded Municipal Manager will also be required to facilitate the process of appointment of other senior managers as one of the immediate mandate to bring about stability to the Emfuleni Local Municipality.

In his first interaction with the Municipal Manager, the Executive Mayor assured him of the support that he will be receiving. He urged him to correct the ills of Emfuleni in order to make way for quality service delivery. Mofokeng reiterated the commitment he made that he means business in turning the Municipality around for the better. He appealed to communities and stakeholders to corporate and give government a chance to discharge its mandate.

Emfuleni has been on the public domain for challenges including payment of the two key bulk service accounts which has by far put strain to some parts of Emfuleni.
The Council wishes Mr Nkoane all the best in serving the people of Emfuleni with due diligence.

Issued by:
Lebo Mofokeng
Mayoral Spokesperson
079 510 7324 / 016 950 5488