Carrim said the department would also use the new law to set the required qualification, experience and technical expertise for municipal professionals. This includes exploring an option that all future municipal chief financial officers be qualified and experienced chartered accountants. He said this was critical for smaller and poorly performing municipalities which need such qualified skills but cannot afford them. His department and the National Treasury are working out how to attract qualified chartered accountants to these municipalities.
Meanwhile, it has emerged that a number of poorly performing municipalities are continuing to pay their municipal managers hefty performance bonuses.The DA said 56 municipal managers were paid performance bonuses in the past financial year despite the poor state of the finances of the towns and cities they run. “In total, R249-million [including performance bonuses] was paid to municipal managers last year,” said DA local government spokesman James Lorimer, who based his assessment on National Treasury figures.
This is all good news as it seems that government is serious about curbing exorbitant salaries, making sure that only qualified people take up these positions and that they have performance agreements in place.