Gariep Local Municipality has been cash strapped for years and service delivery paralysed due to factors such as the Municipal Manager, Mr Thembinkosi Mawonga, who enjoys a salary of R1,38 million.
Mr Mawonga resides in Bloemfontein, 250kms away. Due to this, his time at the local municipal office is almost non-existent, he seldom responds to emails and the Gariep community is severely disadvantaged as Mr Mawonga does not prioritise service delivery.
In the adopted budget for 2014/2015, Mr Mawonga earns this whopping salary for managing his 5 wards, the same salary that the Municipal Manager for the most recently classified Metropolitan Municipality, Buffalo City, receives for managing 50 wards.
According to the Goverment Gazette of 29 March 2014, No 225, a municipality of this size offers three possible remuneration packages for the Municipal Manager. They start at R661 990, improve to R735 540 and have a maximum cap of R809 100. Even at the maximum, Mr Mawonga enjoys half a million rand more than stipulated.
Why is this permissable and overlooked by the ANC in the province? Is it due to the fact that he is just another high profile cadre deployment?
Dorah Matikinca, Shadow MEC for Co-operative Government and Traditional Affairs, will take forward this matter to the MEC for Local Government.
Marina van Zyl
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