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gautengTimesLIVE reports that Gauteng’s Cogta and urban planning head of department Bongani Gxilishe has revealed that municipalities in the province have a 20% vacancy rate at senior management level.  

He explained further:  “Gauteng municipalities are at different stages of recruitment processes to fill the vacant senior management positions, with some positions at advertisement stage and some already at shortlisting or interviewing stage.”  He placed the blame for not filling the posts on the country’s lockdown regulations.  This emerged as parliament's portfolio committee on co-operative governance and traditional affairs (Cogta) was on the second day of its visit to the province on Tuesday.  The committee, led by chairperson Faith Muthambi, found that there was a shortage of senior managers, municipal public accounts committees were dysfunctional, there were high water and electricity losses, and no investigations into unauthorised, irregular, fruitless and wasteful expenditure in Gauteng municipalities.  Regarding the high vacancy rate, Muthambi and the committee found that four out of the 11 municipal manager positions in Tshwane, Ekurhuleni and Emfuleni were vacant.  “However, the high vacancy rate of supporting senior manager posts is [also] a concern.  In Johannesburg there is a 42% vacancy rate, Sedibeng has 50%, Lesedi and West Rand are at 33%, and Merafong is at 42%,” Muthambi lamented.  She said this could be attributed to the lack of strategic direction and lack of financial prudence in those municipalities. 

  • Read the full original of the detailed report in the above regard by Mpumzi Zuzile at TimesLIVE

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