Sweeping changes were the order of the day with politicians and officials filling in strategic portfolios in both council and administration.
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The Modimolle-Mookgophong Local Council chambers has had a re-arrangement of deck-chairs with Chief Whip and businessman Dingaan Motshwene replacing outgoing Johan Abrie as the Speaker.
DA Councillor Hercules Louw has taken over as the new Chief Whip.
Motshwene and Louw were ushered into their new portfolios following a special council meeting on Friday, 17 November.
Abrie has since resigned, citing alleged systemic threats against him, each time he raised issues relating to alleged corruption.
The council meeting had also ringed in other changes, such as filling posts which remained vacant for a period of time.
The new manager for corporate services is Henry Lubbe, with Kenneth Maluleke being appointed as manager for strategic planning and economic development.
As part of the resolutions taken by the council, the municipality was to advertise for the vacant posts of municipal manager, chief financial officer, manager for technical services and manager for social services with immediate effect.
DA provincial leader Jacques Smalle said the changes in the management team would strengthen the relationship between the political leadership and the municipality’s corporate and strategic management.
“The decision to make new appointments was taken with the aim of continuing to accelerate quality services to the people of the Modimolle-Mookgophong Municipality,” Smalle said.
Meanwhile, financial woes and uncertainties regarding the Eskom blackouts scheduled for December remained a threat to the communities of Modimolle and Mookgophong.
Mayor Marlene Van Staden pleaded with members of the community to settle their outstanding accounts by midweek, to assist the municipality in paying an amount of R4,2 million which was due by close of business on Tuesday, 21 November.
“If we pay this amount ESKOM will cancel the interest for December and the Promotion of Administrative Justice Act process to disconnect the electricity will be called off,” Van Staden said.
In a nutshell, the electricity supply agreement between Eskom and municipalities states that the monthly account becomes due soon after the municipality has received the invoice.
Should the municipality fail to settle the account within 30 days of receiving the invoice, Eskom may disconnect the electricity supply after issuing a 14 days’ written notice.
2 months ago 23 November 2017