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DA asks City Manager to reconsider Seki Mandaba's appointment to IPTS

Jan 28, 2019
DA asks City Manager to reconsider Seki Mandaba's appointment to IPTS

In a letter to Acting Nelson Mandela Bay Municipality City Manager, Peter Neilson, Democratic Alliance (DA) Eastern Cape leader, Nqaba Bhanga, said that the party was concerned that the appointment of Seki Mandaba as project manager on the Nelson Mandela Bay's Integrated Public Transport System (IPTS) could expose the Metro to adverse risk.

"We understand that after the departure of Mr Luthando Mabhoza as project manager of the IPTS project, Ms Seki Mandaba has subsequently been appointed project manager," wrote Bhanga.

The letter was cc-ed to among others, Minister of Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs (CoGTA), Zweli Mkhize; Eastern Cape MEC for CoGTA, Fikile Xasa; Nelson Mandela Bay Municipality Executive Mayor, Mongameli Bobani.

"Kindly note that we are concerned that this appointment to the IPTS project may have exposed the municipality to adverse risk..

"We wish to place on record that given the problematic history of this project it is imperative that the project leader for IPTS should either have extensive knowledge of public transportation or the build environment.

"We unfortunately do not believe that the newly appointed project manager has either the necessary skills or the necessary experience to manage a project of this highly specialized nature."

'Mandaba’s appointment could affect IPTS operations'

Bhanga said that the DA is also of the opinion that the appointment of a project manager "without the necessary skills and experience could severely compromise the future of the project".

"It is our understanding that both the Department of Transport as well as National Treasury are extremely concerned about this appointment and have already approached your good office for advices on Ms Mandaba’s qualifications.," he said.

"Given the fact that National Treasury has in the past intimated that they will not hesitate to put a stop to the funding of this project and to recover (claw back) all wasteful expenditure through our equitable share should we fail to adhere to their advices."

Bhanga said that everything must be done to address all the concerns that the departments have with regards to said project.

"I trust that we are all very well aware of the devastating effect that a claw back in this regard will have on our city," he added.

"Against this background I want to implore both you and the Executive Mayor to either reconsider the appointment of Ms Mandaba, or at the very least, immediately arrange a round table meeting with the relevant departments in order to endeavor to allay any fears that they may have with regard to the appointment."

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