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Amatola Water Board sacks its suspended CEO over misconduct

Oct 9, 2017
Amatola Water Board sacks its suspended CEO over misconduct

The Amatola Water Board over the weekend announced the sacking of its Chief Executive Officer, Lefadi Makibinyane, who had been on suspension for eight months.

Just in August, the Board of Amatola Water announced that it had resolved, with effect from 1 August 2017, to suspend the Director of Finance, Kevin Govindsamy, who was also acting as CEO, in Makibinyane's place.

Director of Operations, Asanda Gidana, was then brought in as acting CEO.

In a brief statement, the Amatola Water Board said that Makibinyane was dismissed based on the outcome of a disciplinary enquiry.

"This decision comes after his suspension from the 3rd March 2017," said Connie Buso-Niwa, Communications Manager at the  Amatola Water Board.

The Amatola Water Board appointed Makibinyane as its new Chief Executive Officer, effective February 2, 2015. Makibinyane joined Amatola Water from the Consulting Engineers South Africa (CESA), where he served as CEO.

He succeeded the water utility’s Interim CEO, Mzimkulu Msiwa, who had held the position for over two years. 

Makibinyane was suspended in March this year for alleged misconduct after apparently awarding himself a salary increase.

That was when Govindsamy was brought in as Acting CEO, before he too was suspended.

Buso-Niwa said that Gidana will continue to act as CEO in the interim. 

"The Board and Management Team of Amatola Water are committed to ensuring business continuity and leadership of the organisation," she added. 

"As the provider of bulk-water services to a number of municipalities in the province, reassurance is given to Amatola Water stakeholders that the organisation will continue to provide the exceptional service to the Eastern Cape community."