Mayor Georlene Wolmarans said that this was an amicable agreement between both parties and that this allowed her to “pursue the new mandate of Council and to bring about stronger alignment between our political mandate and executive administrative leadership.”
Those who were angered by the Municipal Manager’s R98 000 per month salary will probably receive this as good news but questions do hang in the air. How much remuneration will Johnny Douglas will be receiving for this termination and how much will his successor earn? Additionally, political speech fails to explain the real process that lead to this action.
Lauren Waring, Director of Planning & Development, has been appointed as Acting Municipal Manager in the interim. This is likely to give the DA-led, Knysna Council, more control, especially in the broader context of the ongoing audit and the Anti-Fraud unit to be established later this month.
Whatever the reasoning and explanations, expect more heads to roll.
NB: The same day, 2 senior officials in the Eden District Municipality in the Western Cape were suspended for alleged mismanagement involving irregular staff appointments and failure to follow supply chain management procedures – read full article.
Plettenberg’s DA Mayor, Memory Booysen, was to hold a big meeting with municipal workers. This follows after their Municipal Manager was suspended. Unfortunately, n o details available.