Ugu Municipal Manager’s contract expires

Ugu District Municipality municipal manager DD Naidoo's contract comes to an end today, August 31. Candidates for the vacancy are being interviewed.

ALTHOUGH Ugu workers recently voiced their unhappiness with Ugu manager DD Naidoo, he is believed to be one of the top five candidates recently interviewed for the position of municipal manager.

If he is successful, he will head up the municipality for another five years.

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Mr Naidoo has come under fire from South African Municipal Workers’ Union (Samwu) members over several issues, including the thorny and on-going Sanlam group scheme payout saga.

Although Mr Naidoo’s contract comes to an end today (August 31), the Municipal Systems Act allows for a current manager’s contract to be extended monthly until an appointment is made.

Mr Naidoo joined Ugu in 2012 when – as claimed by some – the municipality was on the verge of bankruptcy.

Although he and his management team managed to turn things around, ongoing problems at the municipality have undoubtedly made his term a tough one.

During his tenure, the municipality faced numerous crises, including salt water contaminating the drinking water; several sewage spills in Margate and Uvongo; water shortages; pipe breaks and strikes.

During the recent water shortage crisis, the MM was widely criticised, with some opposition parties and civil organisations calling on him to resign.

His personal contact numbers were published on social media, which resulted in him receiving disturbingly cruel and racist messages.

At last week’s council meeting, no announcement was made on whether he would be re-appointed.

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“The process is currently sitting at HR as they still have certain matters to look at before confirming a successful candidate,” said Ugu mayor, Mondli Chiliza, adding that it was difficult to put a time frame on the announcement as ‘the process sometimes takes longer than expected’.

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