ETHEKWINI NEWS FLASH
 
03/09/2017
 
For Immediate Release
 
EThekwini Municipality Leadership is Decisive on Service Delivery
 
As the political head of eThekwini Municipality, Mayor Zandile Gumede continues to demonstrate decisive leadership which is aimed at ensuring clean governance, effective use of public funds and service delivery to all the people of eThekwini.
 
Mayor Gumede has warmly welcomed acting appointments in senior positions which have been made by the City administration.
 
“I have stated previously that the reports about an exodus of senior management or a purge are unfounded. Our Municipality provides a conducive platform for senior experienced managers to lead various units and effectively implement service delivery. As Mayor all staff members who are committed to service delivery excellence have my full support,” she said.
 
Mayor Gumede said the acting senior officials join a group of other equally committed officials who work hard every day to ensure that they meet the needs and expectations of our residents.
 
“I have also said we will not tolerate or protect wayward officials who flout processes for their own personal gain. In cases of misconduct, we have a clear policy to deal with such matters. However, we do not run our Municipality by way of a witch-hunt. Where there are allegations of misconduct against any member of staff, a formal process should be followed which includes conducting a thorough investigation in line with the labour relations act,” Mayor Gumede added.
 
“We are concerned about inconsistencies in the manner in which staffing matters have been reported by the media in other cities. The media has sensationalised staffing matters when reporting about eThekwini Municipality when compared to headlines of similar issues in other cities.
 
The departure of senior staff members in eThekwini Municipality has been reported as a “purge” and an “exodus” while similar matters in other cities were reported as “new broom sweeps clean” in the case of the City of Cape Town and “seeking stability” in the case of the City of Tshwane. Such headlines have created unnecessary reputational damage to eThekwini Municipality,” continued Mayor Gumede.
 
EThekwini Municipality is pleased to announce that some of our senior vacant posts have been filled in an acting capacity.
 
With effect from 01 August 2017, the following officials will be responsible for the following departments:
 
• Mr Steve Middleton has been appointed Acting Head: Metro Police;
• Mr Sibonelo Mchunu has been appointed Acting Deputy Head: Metro Police Operations;
• Ms Winile Zama has been appointed Acting Deputy Head: Logistics at Metro Police.
• Ms Geraldene Steven will act as Senior Superintendent at the Metro Police Training Academy;
• At the Parks, Recreation and Culture Unit, Mr Vusi Mazibuko has been appointed Acting Head. His appointment is effective from 01 August 2017;
• Mr Maxwell Mthembu has been appointed Acting Head: Electricity effective 23 May 2017;
• Ms Zinhle Buthelezi is currently the Acting Head: Health since 01 July 2017.
 
To clarify an inaccuracy that has been reported in today’s Business Day and purported in other platforms, Mr Phillip Ntsimane is still the Chief Audit Executive at eThekwini Municipality.
 
The position for Deputy City Manager of Community and Emergency Services, which became vacant as of 01 August 2017 has not been filled. The position was advertised on 28 July 2017 and the application process will close on 11 August 2017.
 
ENDS
 
Issued by eThekwini Municipality’s Communications Unit Head Tozi Mthethwa.
 
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