THE Dr Beyers Naude Local Municipality (BNLM) recently appointed three directors in positions which had been vacant for a while.
According to the BNLM Mayor, Deon de Vos, newly appointed director, Zoleka Kali, had been acting as the director of corporate services for more than a year.
“It is with pleasure that I announce her official appointment in this position,” said De Vos.
“It is important to empower females in institutions and we can only look at government, who set the precedent with entrusting females in leadership positions.”
Kali is in possession of two National Diplomas in Public Management and Administration which she completed at Nelson Mandela University. She has been working for the municipality for 23 years.
Recently appointed director of engineering and planning, Benjamin Arends, was first appointed in 2015, as assistant director in the Camdeboo Municipality.
Prior to his appointment with Camdeboo Municipality, he had been working at the Baviaans Local Municipality as Manager: Technical Services from 2003 to 2014.
Arends completed his BTech Degree in Civil Engineering (water) at Cape Peninsula University of Technology and has successfully completed training in infrastructure asset management at the Institute of Municipal Engineering of South Africa (IMESA).
He is also a member of the Institute of Municipal Engineers, Water Institute of South Africa and the Engineering Council of South Africa.
According to De Vos, newly selected Director of Community Services, Gewnynne Hermanus, was appointed after the municipality had struggled immeasurably with the management of the community services directorate this past year.
He said the position was advertised in the hopes of finding a candidate who had strong knowledge and experience with serving the community.
Hermanus has 23 years’ experience in local government of which 17 years have been in senior management capacity in local and district municipalities.
Currently, he is employed at the Cederberg Municipality as Director: Integrated Development Services, but proudly hails from the Eastern Cape.
“It has always been his dream to return and serve the community with the experience he gained over the years in other provinces,” said De Vos.
Hermanus has a Master’s Degree in Governance and Political Transformation, obtained from the University of the Free State, as well as a postgraduate diploma in Public Management. An added advantage is that he also has a BTech in Traffic Safety Management - knowledge that is vital to the protection service department that also reports to the Community Services Directorate.
“The municipality is entering a new era and we are excited to start the new financial year with new insights and experiences,” said De Vos.
The directors will assume duty on August 1, starting with a two-day induction session.
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