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newsDispatchLive reports that the Amathole District Municipality (ADM) might be forced to lay off people or rearrange the salaries and positions of some of its 1,600-odd employees as it attempts to fend off financial ruin.  

Last week the municipality announced it was in the process of “reviewing and redesigning” its organisational structure.  The looming shakeup was announced by ADM mayor Nomfusi Nxawe during her state of the district (Soda) address last week.  “We are not going to hide the fact that this council inherited a municipality that is technically bankrupt due to poor financial management with a total budget deficit rising from R10-million in 2016-17 to R412-million in 2017-18,” Nxawe stated.  She went on to indicate:  “In addressing these and other challenges, we are reviewing and redesigning our organisational structure in order to focus on our core mandate and effectively utilise the skills base within our disposal.”  Attempts to get comment on specific details of the organisational review from Nxawe and municipal manager Thandekile Mnyimba were not successful.   Attempts to get comment from the SA Municipal Workers’ Union’s (Samwu’s) Amathole regional secretary were unsuccessful on Monday.

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