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Olly Urges Admin Team To Improve City Finances

Mangaung executive mayor Councillor Olly Mlamleli has urged members of the recently appointed provincial executive team to work closely with the municipality to ensure there is improved service delivery in the city.

Mlamleli said this when she introduced the five member administrative team to the Mangaung Metro senior management. The administrative is expected to assist the municipality with the implementation of the city’s financial recovery plan.

“I would like to see this team and the Mangaung administration team working together to ensure that the financial recovery plan is implemented and that the residents of Mangaung are given the services that they deserve,” said Mlamleli.

In a statement, the municipality said the intervention follows concerns raised by deputy finance minister David Masondo in December last year regarding the metro’s finances and its fiscal capacity to deliver services and implement programmes.

Subsequent to the communique, the Free State Executive Council, through MEC Thembeni Nxangisa, resolved amongst other issues to put Mangaung under Section 139 (5) (a) and (c) of the South African Constitution; which is in essence to support Mangaung with its financial recovery plan.

The team is comprised of representatives from different departments and will be led by Adv. Mzwakhe Mofokeng as the Free State Exco representative.

The Executive Mayor indicated that the sole responsibility of the team will be to assist in implementing the financial recovery plan and fast-tracking service delivery; as per the instruction from the executive council.

The administrative team comprises: Advocate Mzwakhe Mofokeng from the Office of the Premier; Dineo Mokheseng from the provincial CoGTA office;  Provincial Accountant General and Chartered Accountant Masechaba Sesing; Acting Head of provincial Public Works Infrastructure Ernest Mohlahlo and Thomas Lindelo Mkaza, who boasts vast experience in local governance issues.

The team, according to the municipality, will also have representatives from national CoGTA and national treasury coming in to bolster their capacity.

Free State Director-General Kopung Ralikontsane encouraged the team to focus on administrative matters as directed by the executive council and ensure there are tangible changes to the municipality’s service delivery and financial health in the next three to six months.

The team will be reporting to both the Mangaung Metro council and the provincial executive council, said the statement.

By: Martin Makoni