Ngoako Molokomme, Municipal Manager of Capricorn District Municipality (CDM), has resigned. The council during a council meeting that took place on Tuesday noted and accepted his resignation.
Molokomme was appointed in July 2011 for a five-year term and his resignation comes just a year before the lapse of his contract. Moffat Senyatsi, Media Liaison Officer of CDM, confirmed that there was no letter of intention to suspend served on Molokomme and that “his resignation is voluntary and there was no pressure from any force at all”.
According to sources within the local government area, suspensions and resignations in a number of under-performing municipalities were eminent, but were ruled out by the authorities as speculation.
“When the Municipal Manager was appointed, his focus was on turning around financial management and audit. He put in place systems to improve project management and enhance the quality of completed infrastructure projects. During his tenure, he made significant strides to build a district municipality that is responsive to the diverse needs and aspirations of the people of Capricorn. He built and led a competent and capable administration that showed success in surmounting a myriad of cross-cutting challenges in the delivery of basic services and in financial management. CDM thus received an unqualified audit opinion for the 2013/14 financial year,” says Senyatsi.
According to Senyatsi, the municipality received recognitions and awards in numerous areas under Molokomme’s administration, such as the Improved Financial Management Award from the South African Local Government Association, Bokamoso Award for implementing Expanded Public Works Programme projects, the Best Marketed District Award as well as the Gender Mainstreaming Award for being the centre of excellence in the South African Development Community region.
Molokomme is quoted to have said that he is resigning “to take a rest” and feels that he needs to be close to his family and decide on his future endeavours. “And such a decision will be taken when opportunities arise”, he quipped.
Senyatsi says that the council of CDM wished Molokomme well for the future and that councillors were of single mind when they paid honour to him and they collectively thanked him for his passion, commitment and hard work.
Molokomme is serving out a notice until 12 June and an acting Municipal Manager will be appointed in due course.