I STRUGGLE to find the words to describe appropriately my disgust while reading the article in The Herald of August 22, "Roland in line for fat pay hike". It is not really about the fact that it is "Roland", but the whole article, the way and by whom it is done.
Please note that Mod Ndoyana holds the position of "acting" boss of corporate services and he states he has the authority to overthrow a decision that was taken by a task team to strip the senior managers of allowances given to them. He further states when asked why he felt it necessary to backdate their increases to 2009 when the allowances were only removed in April, "I did not bother myself to see when the transitional allowance was taken away".
He goes on to say that he is fighting for all, "black and white", and assisting directors to be treated in the same manner. This means that this is not the end of his reign as "angel of fortune".
Firstly, I have a problem with the fact that he is holding a temporary position and suddenly "has the authority" just to overturn decisions made by task teams. Further down the line, when it is discovered by more senior officials that these increases have been passed unofficially and illegally, we will then be told that "sorry he didn't have the authority to do this", he gets slapped on the wrist and the parties involved will continue to get the increased salaries.
Secondly, all of this is taking place merely two weeks after our minister of finance visited this metro and reported that "it is not that they do not have the finances but we will put a task team in place to show them how to handle their finances". So, if it is not the shortage of finances, it must surely be the people handling the finances.
The situation is not only a smack in the face of our finance minister, but a total disregard for any assistance from the national government.
It is quite clear from this that this is another reason why nobody wanted to keep the municipal manager as she would probably have intervened in actions such as this.
It is also quite clear that the two people at the top of the management structure of this metro, that is the mayor and his deputy, are not capable or qualified to hold the positions that they do, otherwise they would also question this action. They are the two people who should be replaced with more qualified people firstly to employ a suitably qualified municipal manager who would keep an eye on expenditure and also assist with the proper decisions being taken to turn the management of this metro around.
Surely the minister of finance saw something that we as ratepayers are not aware of.
One is constantly informed that the municipality is "cash-strapped", and cannot do this and cannot do that because there is no money.
I am keen to see when the "task team" will be formed and what action this team will take to turn things around.
I have no doubt that whatever they plan and this plan interferes with Chippa Ngcolomba's plans, nothing will happen and I base this purely on the action that is being displayed by "acting corporate services" boss Ndoyana.
This is an extremely good example of how much these people care about running this metro. It is just all about the "get rich" scheme of the ANC.
It is sad to think that when, and not "if", the DA takes over control of this metro, it is going to take it many, many years to remove the rot that has taken place in this metro over the past 19 years.
Those who would have enriched themselves will probably not care less about the future of the country anyway.
So to those who care, think again before you vote.
George van der Merwe, South End, Port Elizabeth