Council gets new manager

Frank Maponya

Frank Maponya

The Vhembe district municipality in Limpopo has finally appointed a new municipal manager.

The municipality has approved the appointment of Muthotho Sigidi to take over the hot seat, which had been vacant since May.

The municipality has been without a manager after its council had rescinded executive mayor Irene Mutsila's decision to appoint Joseph Silinda.

The council said at the time that Mutsila had failed to consult with them when she appointed Silinda.

They had argued that the competency of the appointment of municipal managers lay with the council.

After rescinding Mutsila's decision, the council also dismissed her from the position.

Mutsila and Silinda have since resorted to the courts to challenge their dismissals.

The matter was heard in the Thohoyandou high court on November 12, and the municipality is still awaiting judgment.

Council Speaker Suzan Sibiya said yesterday they were happy that they had finally found a suitable person to take the municipality a step further.

"We are happy that the issue of the municipal manager has now been resolved. We are confident that the new appointee will take the municipality forward," said Sibiya.

She said Sigidi would resume his duties on Monday.

"The council has accepted Sigidi's appointment because all necessary consultations have been made with regards to his appointment."

Sigidi told yesterday Sowetan he was ready for the challenge as he had been working in the same environment.

"I know the challenges that go with working in a municipality.

I'm looking forward to turning things around for the good of the municipality," he said.

Sigidi worked as chief director responsible for municipal services partnerships in the department of provincial and local government in Pretoria until his latest appointment.

He was born 45 years ago at Tshimbupfe, Venda, and is in possession of a diploma in electrical engineering (light and heavy current), BA (Ed) degree specialising in business economics, an honours in marketing, a masters degree in public administration, and a diploma in rural development policy.