Executive Mayor of Ehlanzeni District Municipality Cllr. J Sidell was born in Mbombela at Kabokweni. She did her primary education at Victory Park Primary School. She then proceeded to Middleburg Combined School where she completed her secondary education. Her tertiary qualifications include among others a diploma in Advanced Municipal Governance from University of Johannesburg, a Project Management course from Wits University as well as an Executive Leadership programme from the University of Pretoria She has extensive experience as an Administrator and Technocrat. She worked for the Department of Health and Social Development as well as the Department of Human Settlement as an Assistant Director and eventually Acting Director responsible for the Human Settlement Ms Sidell is a seasoned politician with vast experience in serving the people. She served in a number of ANC structures as well as Union structures. She is currently the Regional Secretary of Ehlanzeni ANC Women’s League. Her role in second term Local Government started in 2000 where she was elected as a PR Councillor both in Mbombela Local Municipality and Ehlanzeni District Municipality. Eventually she was elected as a speaker of Mbombela Local Municipality from 2011 -
THE AMALGAMATION PROCESS OF MBOMBELA AND UMJINDI LOCAL MUNICIPALITY
The amalgamation process between the Mbombela and Umjindi Local Municipalities into one entity is underway. The amalgamation was proposed by the Minister of Co-
Recently, consultative meetings were held with employees of the Mbombela Municipality based at Kanyamazane, Matsulu, Hazyview, White River and in Mbombela City. COGTA’s Senior Manager for Municipal Administration, Mr Pat Nkosi told the employees about the importance of the amalgamation and clarified the process and addressed matters of concern. “The MEC has issued a gazette that promulgates the establishment of structures to make this process successful. We now have the Technical Change Management Committee (TCM) headed by the (Acting) Head of Department, Mr Godfrey Ntombela. The TCM constitutes teams that focus on a number of issues that must be finalized before the amalgamation can be concluded. It is also important to note that the TCM reports to the political Change Management Committee led by the MEC,” Mr Nkosi said.
The employees were assured about the commitment of structures to prevent any redundancy during the amalgamation process. This put to rest any uncertainty of job losses. “We can assure you here that a team of experts from the department, Ehlanzeni District and the two affected municipalities are working meticulously to ensure that all employees are well placed in the new municipality, except for the Municipal Managers, who are on a contract. A moratorium is in place to prevent an eventuality of this nature. We appeal for your co-
The two structures are hard at work to ensure that the newly established municipality is in place at the end of the 2016 Local Government elections. Mr Nkosi further indicated the following:
• That the new municipality will have 90 Councilors and 45 wards.
• It will be a Grade 5 municipality.
• It will have a new name after a consultation process with communities.
Currently, the teams that constitute the TCM are working on the organogram, rationalization of by-