The Nelson Mandela Bay Municipality’s new Acting City Manager, Johann Mettler, 50, formally began his duties on Tuesday and is expected to be in that post for the next three months. His appointment was announced early in November.
Mettler’s appointment follows the resignation of former Nelson Mandela Bay Municipality City Manager, Mpilo Mbamisa, who received a controversial golden handshake from the Metro, and the suspension of some Executive Directors and Directors in the municipality.
According to the Metro, Mettler, who was the Municipal Manager in the Drakenstein District Municipality since 2012, brings with him impeccable credentials, broad experience in local government, and holds a Masters Degree in Law (an LL.M. Degree, obtained at the Lund University in Sweden).
“Mr Mettler’s areas of specialisation are: policy and legislation relating to local government; strategic planning for local authorities; municipal restructuring, with the emphasis on institutional reform relating to water services and electricity; inter-governmental relations; municipal institutional governance and transformation and related training; and hands-on support to municipalities, including strategic management,” the municipality said.
“Mr Mettler’s impressive career includes a stint with the South African Local Government Association as Executive Director for International Relations and Intergovernmental Relations.”
The Nelson Mandela Bay Municipality also announced the appointment of Vuyo Zitumane, a reputed administrator and businesswoman well known as ‘Mrs Fix It’ in the province as the acting corporate services director while suspended head, Mod Ndoyana, await a disciplinary hearing.
Zitumane, a former Nelson Mandela Bay Metro economic development and tourism business unit manager, is no stranger to local government. She once acted as city manager at Nelson Mandela Bay Metro for more than a year; was assigned with the turn-around at the King Sabata Dalindyebo Municipality, before being tasked with fixing the Eastern Cape Tourism and Parks Board.
In 2010, Zitumane was sent to rescue the Sundays River Valley Local Municipality resulting in improved operations in that council.
In 2013, she was tasked with turning around the Mnquma Local Municipality.
Last year, she was also appointed to the Mandela Bay Development Agency (MBDA) board.
Other appointments included:
- Mr Andile Tolom: Permarnet Executive Director for Public Health
- Ms Vuyo Zitumane: Acting Executive Director: Corporate Services, seconded by Cogta
- Mr Oscar Mangwanza: Acting Director, Human Resources, seconded by Cogta
- The process of recruiting managers to fill the positions in which they are acting will now commence.
- Ms Pinky Mathabathe, the Chief of the Metro Police has been appointed Acting Executive Director: Safety and Security.
At their appointment, Nelson Mandela Bay Municipality Executive Mayor, Danny Jordaan said he was he is confident that this collective has enough experience.
“Their experience will contribute immensely to our objective of good governance, accelerated service and economic development. I am grateful to Deputy Executive Mayor, Bicks Ndoni for managing the process of managing the smooth transition from Mr Mbambisa to the new Acting City Manager and this new team that we are introducing today.
“I thank all the councillors for the positive spirit displayed during the discussion of the matter in Council as well as the unanimous endorsement of all the candidates,” said Executive Mayor, Jordaan.
“On behalf of Nelson Mandela Bay Municipality, residents, rate payers and the whole community, we wish them all the best in their new responsibilities.”
Image: Nelson Mandela Bay Municipality’s new Acting City Manager, Johann Mettler,; image via YouTube.