RNM municipal manager Max Mbili – will he stay or will he go?

Ray Nkonyeni municipal manager, Max Mbili.

COULD this is be the end of the road for Ray Nkonyeni municipal manager Max Mbili, or will he be staying on for another five years?

No one has the answers yet, but Mr Mbili’s contact ends in August and council has agreed to advertise his post.

Many prominent business people who have had dealings with him are certainly hoping he gets the nod.

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“I don’t want to get involved in the politics, so please don’t name me. But this is a man we feel we can work with,” said one prominent Port Shepstone businessman.

Mr Mbili is  expected to be among the applicants who, provided they are shortlisted, will undergo various processes including security vetting to ensure they are fit to hold the position.

Although it’s no secret that most local ratepayers and business associations regard Mr Mbili as the people’s man who gets the work done, the decision lies entirely with the interview panel.

Despite the positive feeling around his potential reappointment, a few disgruntled employees have different views.

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Some told the Herald that Mr Mbili was a ‘dictator’ who only gave instruction and sidelined those who disagreed with him when it came to decision making.

However, Mr Mbili dismissed these claims, telling the Herald that he did not have friends or enemies among his employees.

“My relationship with my employees is purely based on good work ethics, guided by the Labour Relations Act and other policies,” he said.

The municipality’s spokesman, Simon April, also dismissed these claims.

He said such utterances are mischievous and can only be coming from those who do not appreciate the progress or stability that has been brought to the municipality.

“If someone is aggrieved about the conduct of the MM, they are at liberty to approach the mayor, the Salga Bargaining Council, the CCMA or other such institutions.”

According to sources, Mr Mbili might not be popular with some of his employees due to his stance against corruption and his implementation of certain changes within the municipality.

The closing date for applications is, Friday, March 31 and the position will be for a five-year term with a negotiable remuneration package of R1 113 325 to R1 521 765, plus performance bonus.


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