Mayor appoints new finance MMC

The mayor is confident the new appointment would support their efforts to enhance financial sustainability and optimise revenue enhancement in the city.

Ekurhuleni Mayor Doctor Xhakaza has appointed ANC chief whip Jongizizwe Dlabathi as the new Finance MMC following the ousting of the former MMC.

Dlabathi replaces the EFF’s provincial chairperson, Nkululeko Dunga, who was early last month removed from the mayoral committee’s finance portfolio, with the mayor citing “unforeseen misalignments” as the reason for Dunga’s sacking.

In a statement released on July 6, the mayor said he appointed Dlabathi to the vacant position after careful consideration and extensive consultation with the relevant stakeholders in his quest for the best candidate with the required ability to stir the finance department.

The mayor said Dlabathi has a wealth of knowledge and experience in local government, considering he served as the whip of council for years and currently holds the position of provincial chairperson of the South African Local Government Association (SALGA) in Gauteng.

“Dlabathi brings strategic acumen and extensive expertise in local government practice to this role. As the provincial chairperson of SALGA, Dlabathi was instrumental in promoting good governance and effective financial management across Gauteng municipalities.
“His efforts have focused on ensuring the financial viability of municipalities and supporting the drive for good governance, critical for improving cash flow liquidity and overall financial health of local governments.”

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The mayor said he is confident the new appointment would significantly strengthen their institutional capacity, support their efforts to enhance financial sustainability and optimise revenue enhancement in the city.

“This appointment will assist the city in addressing the regression from losing our clean audit opinion from the auditor-general of SA.
“We are also pleased to inform the residents of Ekurhuleni that the recruitment process for a new group chief financial officer is in its final stages. This timely development aligns perfectly with our preparations for the upcoming audit period, ensuring that we have strong financial leadership in place to support our fiscal responsibilities and enhance our financial management processes,” explained Xhakaza.

“This strategic addition to our team underscores our commitment to ensuring sound financial management and improving service delivery agility to our community.
“I congratulate Dlabathi on his new responsibilities. His proven leadership and dedication to public service make him an invaluable asset to our team, and I have full confidence that he will excel in this critical role.”

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