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89% of Metro vacancies filled, millions budgeted for ongoing recruitment

Nov 1, 2017
89% of Metro vacancies filled, millions budgeted for ongoing recruitment

Nelson Mandela Bay Municipality Executive Mayor, Athol Trollip, on Wednesday said that by June 2017, 1 055 of 1 181 available and funded municipal vacancies had been filled by the current Nelson Mandela Bay Municipality administration.

"91 of these were critical vacancies, the filling of which will hugely support the government's effort to improve service delivery. The balance of the positions were either contractual, internal or standard vacancies," he described.

"This could mean faster turnaround times for service delivery faults and smoother operations at customer care centres."

The Mayor said that Nelson Mandela Bay Municipality Corporate Services MMC, Cllr Dean Biddulph, has been methodical in getting the Municipality's "engine room Directorate working again".

"The new 2017/18 financial year has already seen 30% of funded critical vacancies filled, amounting to 107 out of 352 positions.

"The vast majority of these appointments were in the Public Health, Electricity & Energy and Budget & Treasury Directorates, specifically in support of our commitment to improving service delivery," he added.

Trollip said that the Administration is on track to spend over R93 million to fill a total of 352 critical vacancies by the end of June 2018.

"One of this administration's promises from the outset was to focus on improving systems in support of improving service delivery," he described.

"While the road ahead is long, the City is making progress as the administration stabilises and processes and systems are overhauled."