Emfuleni municipality manager doesn't qualify for R1m job

A water truck leaves Sebokeng hospital that is affected by the 60% water restriction imposed by Rand Water after Emfuleni Municipality failed to pay the 400 million rands it owes them.
A water truck leaves Sebokeng hospital that is affected by the 60% water restriction imposed by Rand Water after Emfuleni Municipality failed to pay the 400 million rands it owes them.
Image: Masi Losi

The cash-strapped Emfuleni local municipality has been paying its acting facilities manager, Monaheng Moloisane, more than R1-million per year for a position he does not qualify for.

The municipality which incorporates the towns of Vanderbijlpark and Vereeniging in the Vaal has been unable to provide some of the basic services, including refuse collection and fixing burst pipes.

Moloisane was appointed as the acting facilities manager in January 2016 despite having matric as his highest academic qualification. His other listed qualifications were certificates for what seemed like short-courses and programmes on local government.

This was revealed in a written response, dated August 8, in the Gauteng legislature, by cooperative governance and traditional affairs MEC Uhuru Moiloa. He was responding to a written question by DA member of the legislature, Lebogang More, stating that Moloisane would act until
August 31.

Moiloa revealed that the post's annual package amounted to R1002684.00 with minimum requirements being a bachelor's degree in  facilities management or building or property management topped by a five-year managerial experience.

"The post was advertised in June 2017, recruitment process could not be concluded," Moiloa said. The package included car allowance, housing subsidy and medical aid.

Emfuleni communications manager Stanley Gaba confirmed last night that Maloisane started acting in the position on January 1 2016 to date.

Gaba said Moloisane was not a permanent appointee as the position remains vacant until a suitably qualified candidate was appointed through a fair recruitment and selection process. On Wednesday, a service provider withheld its fleet of 158 vehicles used by the municipality due to nonpayment. The vehicles were released after Emfuleni reportedly paid the service provider R7-million.

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