ETHEKWINI NEWS FLASH

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

1 August 2017

FULL COUNCIL DECISIONS

OFFICE OF CITY MANAGER TO BE STRENGTHENED BY APPOINTMENT OF COO

A report outlining the realignment of functional reporting lines to the existing organogram within the office of the City Manager was approved at a Full Council meeting today, 1 August.

The report stated that the City Manager Sipho Nzuza is the accounting officer within eThekwini Municipality and that currently a need exists to strengthen the capacity of his office to enable him to focus more on key strategic matters for the City.

It further states that the structure in his office makes provision for the appointment of a Chief Operations Officer. This incumbent will provide an advisory and oversight role to the City Manager.

The primary objective of the Municipality, as detailed in the report, is to provide sustainable service delivery to the local communities which is driven through the Trading Services Cluster and the Human Settlements, Engineering and eThekwini Transport Authority Cluster. The report states that it is therefore crucial for the City Manager to manage these areas effectively and thus the creation of a functional reporting line of the Deputy City Managers of the aforementioned clusters to the Chief Operations Officer be created. This will enable the Chief Operations Officer to support Nzuza to ensure seamless integration of service delivery across eThekwini.

The two Deputy City Managers of these clusters will maintain their administrative reporting line to the City Manager and assume a functional reporting relationship with the Chief Operations Officer. This new reporting line will enable the Chief Operations Officer to successfully carry out their function which includes coordinating the operations of the two clusters in order to ensure service delivery to eThekwini Municipality residents.

The position will be subjected to grading by the Compensation Management Branch and funds will be provided for the position.

The post is vacant and will be advertised openly.

The Chief Operations Officer’s duties will include overseeing all City service delivery programmes and projects, strategic planning, service delivery plans and goals, overseeing the provision of Metro Police services, legal and compliance, area based management, leading the administrative support service for the City Manager, service delivery plans and goals, implications of financial systems, maintaining working capital, budget preparation and ensuring compliant performance reporting among others.

IMPROVING EARLY CHILDHOOD DEVELOPMENT CENTRES IN INFORMAL SETTLEMENTS

Over 1 100 children from 14 identified Early Childhood Development (ECD) centres will benefit from an initiative to structurally improve these centres in the City.

The Head of Human Settlements, Beryl Mphakathi, will coordinate this project for informal settlements and under serviced communities, as per the tabling of a report at a Full Council meeting on 1 August.

The report grants authority to Mphakathi, to coordinate the ECD infrastructure support projects for informal settlements and other under services communities as part of the City’s Informal Settlements Upgrade Programme, Incremental Services Programme and Integrated Residential Development Programme, working closely with other City units including Health, Engineering Services, Safer Cities and the KwaZulu-Natal Department of Social Development.

Authority was also granted to the Head of Safer Cities, Martin Xaba, to facilitate the engagement with the Department of Social Development and Non-Governmental Organisations to improve access to ECD services for vulnerable children within informal settlements and under serviced communities to help with crime prevention by reducing the exposure of young children to harmful influences and the development of dysfunctional behavioural patterns.

Environmental Health Practitioners from the City’s Health Department will perform the usual environment health functions including inspecting centres as part of their duties.

The report outlines the use of funding of R2 million from the Integrated Cities Development Grant (ICDG) in the project, with R1.6 million for infrastructural improvements at 14 selected ECD centres at pilot sites at Amaoti and uMlazi benefitting 1 172 children. R400 000 has been allocated for an ECD survey and infrastructure planning in priority informal settlements.

Authority was also granted to utilise further funding of the ICDG of R3 million for 2017/18 and R4 million for 2018/19 for further structural improvements at informal settlement ECD centres to be determined by further survey and feasibility work.

ENDS 

Issued by the eThekwini Municipality’s Head of Communications Tozi Mthethwa.