Appointments in Bitou are disconcerting.
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Oudtshoorn. 6 February 2013. 09h30.
Dr Ivan Meyer
DA Western Cape
Appointments in Bitou are disconcerting. Discombobulating even.
The staff contingent of the Bitou Cope Deputy Mayor is to be expanded – I attach two current advertisements in this matter.
It is obvious that much more than the extra R25,000 odd Eden “14th” cheque for Cope’s Western Cape Leader Vujani Gouws (ask Theuns Botha) is at the bottom of clear disharmony between Cope and the DA in Eden, despite the failed curt January 10 dismissal by Botha: “We had a successful meeting, thank you.”
They want their otiose cadres looked after, do the Cope leadership.
In addition to Gouws, Cope Eden spokesperson Allan Kock was also “parked” in Eden District Municipality after the May 2011 elections when the DA won Eden outright.
Prudent Eden DA councillors complained about the cost of carrying the dead wood. Eventually the Eden DA constituency head, Botha – also the DA’s head of government business and, of course, your present understudy – forced Kock on Bitou, where he was positioned as “office manager” to the Cope deputy mayor… to the irritation and vociferous objection of at least one judicious DA councillor, Johann Brummer, who has since been “automatically” removed by some rogue DA computer untouched by human hands.
A “Personal Assistant to the Deputy Mayor” – R127,992 per annum; and a “Clerk: Special Programmes” – R89,678 per annum, both tied to the deputy mayor’s term of office, are now being recruited.
The unseemly haste suggested by the closing dates of 1 and 8 February is indicative of… Well, of indecorous precipitancy.
The clerk is to “assist with the building of institutional support structures and mechanisms to effect the mainstreaming of transversal issues.”
I venture a translation: “Taurine ordure”.
Kock’s cost to Bitou is believed to be in the region of R240,000 per annum.
Adding the cost of the new recruits, the Bitou ratepayers are therefore expected to “sponsor” Cope members to the tune of some R450,000 per annum – in a council where Helen Zille personally sold “control” to unsuspecting Ward 2 voters in December to return a DA candidate to council… something her trusting supporters duly did.
Pray, therefore, “control”!
O, the cost of the deputy mayor’s body guard and driver must also be considered.
Plett residents clearly recall Western Cape DA Chair Anton Bredell’s comments after the 2009 elections that no “nonsense spending” would be tolerated in Bitou, or anywhere the DA governs.
Bredell’s ministerial office even financed an expensive PwC audit last year to trammel the organogram. That the advertised posts are, according to Bitou Corporate Services, incorporated in this document smacks of political interference; speaks to the folly of the expense; and affords Bredell’s post-election bravado that irritating political broken bell clang.
The duties of a deputy mayor, pardon – “executive deputy mayor” – can be disposed of by a busy person in half an hour before breakfast, to borrow a phrase once used by an efficient old school Oudtshoorn director about a then new appointment in “strategic” management.
The Executive Deputy Mayor should not be afforded three staffers to help him fill his daily 30 minutes, and at ratepayer expense.
Reggie Smith was just appointed Director Corporate Services. A die-hard ANC cadre with an unspectacular management record, as Eden DA Councillors attest, he has managed to keep on the DA’s good side and was appointed subsequent to a brief interview reliably reported as an event characterised by mutual mirth.
You are, of course, aware, I trust, that Bitou has an ANC Mayor? (As do Eden, by the way.) Dressed in a blue T-shirt, to be sure, but ANC attuned nonetheless. Again, ask the top DA Councillors in Eden. No, the top ones, Ivan; the ones under party siege.
There appears to be some say about outsourcing Human Resource Management and I advise you to investigate the reasons for this interesting snippet. I strongly advise you to investigate the reasons. As in strongly advise you, as I am not in the habit of airing washing – soiled or even just sweaty.
Ye gods and faeries, Ivan. Ye gods and faeries, my dear sir!
Do not you have a DA MP in charge of Bitou?
Have not you “control” as The Dear Leader promised the Ward 2 voters in December?