MEDIA RELEASE: MANGAUNG METRO INTRODUCES PROVINCIAL ADMINISTRATIVE TEAM
The Executive Mayor of Mangaung Metro, Cllr Olly Mlamleli, together with her provincial counterparts MECs for COGTA Thembeni Nxangisa and Treasury Gadija Brown, introduced an administrative team of five (5) to the Mangaung Metro senior management to assist with the implementation of the city’s financial recovery plan. This intervention comes after a letter written to the premier of Free State by deputy minister of finance in December 2019, who raised concerns about the fiscal capacity of the municipality.
Subsequent to the communique, the Free State Executive Council, through MEC 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, during the introduction of the team, 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 EM said: “I would like to see this team and the Mangaung administration team working together to ensure that financial recovery plan is implemented and that the residents of Mangaung are given the services that they deserve.”
The administrative team is comprised of the following members:
- Adv. Mzwakhe Mofokeng – Office of the Premier
- Masechaba Sesing – Provincial Accountant General & CA
- Dineo Mokheseng – Provincial COGTA
- Ernest Mohlahlo – Acting Head Public Works & Infrastructure
- Thomas Lindelo Mkaza – Vast experience in local government
The team will later be reinforced by representatives from National COGTA and National Treasury.
The Director-General Mr Kopung Ralikontsane has urged the team to focus on administrative matters as mandated by the EXCO and ensure that in the next three to six months, there should be tangible changes with regards to the municipality’s service delivery and financial health.
The team will be expected to report to both the Mangaung Metro council and the provincial executive council.
Issued by Qondile Khedama, GM: Communications for Mangaung Metro Municipality