From left to right are Jamela Selapyane, Zachariah Moeletsi, Michael Makhubela and Ramadiga Melvin Marutha on the occasion of the special council meeting. Photo supplied

Permanent managers appointed in Bela-Bela


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The Bela-Bela municipal council held a special council meeting on Tuesday 3 April to announce the new faces of the municipal manager, chief financial officer and corporate services.

Council Speaker, Zachariah Moeletsi, asked everyone present for a moment of silence to commemorate the life of ANC stalwart, Winnie Madikizela-Mandela, who had passed away on Monday 2 April at the age of 81.

Moeletsi told council that Mandela helped organize a march in the region during the 1980’s against the Apartheid regime and, amongst other things, assisted him to buy a pair of shoes which he was most thankful for.

The focus then shifted to the new managers. 

Moeletsi said after more than three years of having only acting managers in the positions, the new head of corporate services is Jamela Selapyane, the municipal manager is Michael Makhubela, and the position of chief financial officer went to Ramadiga Melvin Marutha. 

Since Risimati Ntekele’s resignation as acting municipal manager, Selapyane had acted in the position.

Both Selapyane and Makhubela’s appointment received full clearance, but Moeletsi said that Marutha’s appointment regarding his competence assessment was still underway.

Marutha was allocated time to address the outstanding clearances.

“We want zero corruption where competent people are in charge. The new managers must guard against interference and intervene where necessary. If we hide information from the community, people will think that we are lying about things,” Moeletsi said.

Jeremiah Ngobeni, mayor, told the new managers that they must respect the community so that the community can respect them.

“You can expect them to visit your office with their grievances, because they want service. Let us primarily aim for the future to obtain a clean municipal audit,” Ngobeni said.

There was additional debate regarding the possible expansion of the municipality’s legal department. 

The new managers were advised to guard against the use of outside consultants.

The position of social and economic development manager remained open.

Council took the decision to appoint Gloria Seleka as the acting manager until the shortlisting for the position is finalised.

The new managers have assumed their roles on Tuesday 3 April.

* A notice of intention to sue the municipality with regard to the appointment of the new municipal manager is still on the cards.

Simon Ngomane, a candidate who applied for the position, claims that procedures and legislation were not followed and that it led to the appointment of Makhubela.

At the time of going to press Ngomane told The Beat that he is continuing with his legal case against the municipality in this regard.

21 days ago       05 April 2018