The eThekwini Municipality manager, Sibusiso Sithole, is reorganising the city’s structure to suit his needs.
Mayor James Nxumalo said just like Sithole’s predecessor, Michael Sutcliffe, the city’s boss had been given leeway for restructuring.
Part of Sithole’s radical plan includes appointing eight new officials, including appointing heads of the mayor’s office, and an administrative manager in Sithole’s office who will be responsible for the day-to-day running of the office.
A new chief information officer to oversee the city’s IT system, a deputy city manager to oversee programme management, and another deputy city manager for the safety and security cluster, will also be appointed.
Nxumalo said the city would do away with the contentious safety and security unit, and all its functions would be handed over to the health and social services, which would be renamed the community service cluster.
Three department heads to deal with sustainable city initiatives, transformation and area-based management would be sourced.
Nxumalo said: “When former city manager Michael Sutcliffe joined the city more than 10 years ago, we said we were giving him the opportunity to make his own proposals and changes, and we are now doing the same with Sithole.”
Several vacancies were advertised in a Sunday newspaper this weekend.
“We want to fill these posts as a matter of urgency,” Nxumalo said.