Is your Municipal Manager qualified enough?

Bosman Grobler MPL

DA spokesperson on CoGTA:

If Cooperative Governance Minister, Pravin Gordhan had his way, 98% of Municipal Managers (MM) from Mpumalanga’s local and district municipalities would have been fired as far back as 2013.


According to recent media reports, Minister Gordhan has called for unqualified and non-compliant senior managers of municipalities to be fired.


Similarly, in a memo circulated by Treasury in April 2012, municipalities were warned that should affected staff not comply to the following competency levels, they would be removed:

  • Municipal managers should have, or attain by January 2013: either NQF level 6, equivalent to a three-year degree and a higher diploma, or a certificate in municipal financial management along with 5 years’ experience;


Some of the required competency levels include the following:

–      Supply and financial chain management competency.

–      Minimum of 5-years at senior management level.

–      Governance, ethics and values in financial management.

–      Financial and performance reporting.

–      Risk and change management.

–      Legislation, policy and implementation.

–      Stake holder relations.


In 2013, according to then MEC of Cooperative Governance, SPD Skhosana, only one of the 21 Municipal Managers in Mpumalanga complied with Treasury’s minimum competency requirements for municipal managers.


Poor service delivery in Mpumalanga is a direct result of the ANC-led government’s insistence on appointing officials as a reward for political loyalty and not according to their skills base. This has led to poor planning and ill-advised and reckless spending of public funds, harming service delivery. This is in stark contrast with the 29 DA-led municipalities across South Africa, who put service delivery over political affiliation, bringing much-needed relief to the poor.


The DA has now submitted questions to current Cooperative Governance MEC, Refilwe Mtshweni to update the current status of the competency levels of the Mpumalanga’s senior municipal officers.


The DA believes that Treasury’s regulations are a definitive move to bringing more effective services to the people of Mpumalanga. The question is whether the provincial ANC has the stomach to implement it.