Ntshavheni to be replaced after failing to report for duty

Alex Matlala

Alex Matlala

The greater Ba-Phalaborwa Municipality in Limpopo will have to apply King Solomon's wisdom to decide on the appropriate candidate for the position of municipal manager.

Those vying for the lucrative position are former greater Letaba Municipality mayor Makoma Rasekgala and senior manager in the department of local government and housing, Cyril Monyela.

The two came second and third during the interviews conducted in the municipality recently.

Rasekgala enjoys the support of the majority of women in the Mopane region while Monyela, who was allegedly born and bred in the area, has the undivided support of the Ba-Phalaborwa community in general.

The municipality would hold a special council meeting tomorrow, during which a new manager will be appointed.

The successful candidate will be expected to start in January next year.

The appointee will, among other things, be expected to rescue the municipality from a mountain of crises that range from cabalism to poor financial management.

The appointment of a new manager comes after Khumbudzo Ntshavheni, who was appointed last month as manager for the mining town, failed to pitch up for her new job on her first day.

Ntshavheni was scheduled to start on December 1, but on that day, she was nowhere to be found.

She, however, wrote a letter to the management of the council in which she allegedly asked the council to postpone her starting date.

She pleaded with the municipality to allow her to start on February 1, Sowetan was told.

Sowetan published an article recently in which sources from Limpopo Trade and Investment claimed Ntshavheni was studying in Canada after she received a scholarship from the organisation.

"We are spending R1million on her studies in Canada and we believe she would only be back in the country in December next year," claimed the source.

Speaker of the council David Maake confirmed that a special council meeting has been scheduled for tomorrow where "issues relating to the appointment of Ntshavheni would be discussed".

The municipality has lost two of its senior staff members in recent months.

Chief finance director Hennie Jacobs resigned last June followed by corporate services director Maite Moakamela, who resigned in September.