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neneEWN reports that Finance Minister Nhlanhla Nene has revealed that more than half the country’s municipal managers and chief financial officers (CFOs) do not have the minimum competency levels to do their jobs.  

This includes large metro such as Johannesburg and Tshwane.  Replying in writing to a Democratic Alliance parliamentary question, Nene said that only 94 of 193 municipal managers and 79 of 218 CFOs were properly qualified.  His reply revealed that in about 40 municipalities across the country, the posts for both municipal manager and CFO were vacant, with most of these in KwaZulu Natal.  Nene said the vacancy figures pointed to a high staff turnover, high vacancy rates and delays by municipalities in making appointments.  The minister indicated that he would shortly be promulgating regulations that would give officials 18 months to get the necessary qualifications.  Nene also indicated that it would be compulsory for all municipal councils to make the relevant competency requirements a condition of employment and include them in officials’ contracts.

  • Read this report by Gaye Davis in full at EWN

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