A new administrator takes the reins of the struggling municipality of Msunduzi

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The town hall of Pietermaritzburg.

The KwaZulu-Natal Department of Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs (Cogta) has brought in another administrator to redress the situation in the struggling Msunduzi Municipality.

Martin Sithole replaces Scelo Duma whose mandate ended last month.

He holds three degrees in Financial Management, Business Management and Public Financial Management and Administration. He also holds an Honors Bachelor of Public Administration, Advanced Certificate Program in Management Development, and a Bachelor of Business Administration from the University of Newport (Janus University). He also holds a National Certificate in Public Financial Management and Administration and a Municipal Management Program Certificate in Executive Leadership.

According to Sithole’s CV, he has worked as a city manager, acting city manager and in other roles in at least one district and two local municipalities in the province. Among these is Uthukela District as City Manager and Acting Director from 2012 to March 2022.

Between 2002 and 2008 he worked as City Manager in Ubuhlebezwe Municipality and as Executive Director: Business Support Center at Hibiscus Coast Municipality.

Sithole is not new to the current task of administrator. He held the position in seven other municipalities. These are the municipalities of Okhahlamba, Umvoti, Imbabazane, Indaka and Mpofana between 2011 and 2019.

Between 2016 and 2020, he served as a Municipal Administrator in Umkhanyakude and Uthukela Districts respectively.

He is a professional member of various formations such as the Black Management Forum, the Institute of Business Advisors, the Institute of Local Government Management, the South African Institute of Tax Practitioners and the Institute of Directors of South Africa.

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