Mr. Bongi Paul Gumbi
Municipal Manager of Nquthu Municipality
The Municipal Manager is the Accounting Officer of the municipality. He/she may delegate certain duties/tasks to the Chief Financial Officer, who would be accountable to him/her. The Municipal Manager is therefore accountable for all transactions entered into by his designates.
The Chief Financial Officer is responsible, in terms of his/her delegate authority, for establishing systems, procedures, processes and training and awareness programmes to ensure efficient and effective management of net current assets banking and cash management. Sound management includes the following:
- Collecting revenue when it is due and banking it promptly;
- Making payments, including transfers to other levels of government and non-government entities, no earlier than necessary, with due regard for efficient, effective and economical programme delivery and the creditor's normal terms for account payments;
- Avoiding pre-payment for goods or services (i.e. payments in advance of the receipt of goods or services), unless required by the contractual arrangements with the supplier;
- Accepting discounts to effect early payment only when the payment has been included in the monthly cash flow estimates provided to the relevant treasury;
- Pursuing debtors with appropriate sensitivity and rigour to ensure that amounts receivable by the municipality are collected and banked promptly;
- Accurately forecasting the institution's cash flow requirements;
- Timing the inflow and outflow of cash;
- Recognizing the time value of money, i.e. economically, efficiently, and effectively managing cash;
- Taking any other action that avoids locking up money unnecessarily and inefficiently, such as managing inventories to the minimum level necessary for efficient and effective programme delivery, and selling surplus or under utilised assets; and
- Avoiding bank overdrafts.
The overall responsibility of investments lies on the Municipal Manager. However the day to day handling of investments may be delegated to the Head of Department responsible for finance.
POWERS & DUTIES OF THE MUNICIPAL MANAGER
As head of the administration, the following statutory powers and duties are assigned and delegated to the Municipal Manager in accordance with the provisions of the Structures Act and the Systems Act:
- To form and develop an economical, effective, efficient, accountable and performance driven administration for the municipality in accordance with the provisions of Section 51 of the Systems Act.
- To manage the municipality's administration in accordance with the provisions of the Systems Act and other legislation applicable to the municipality.
- To implement the municipality's IDP, and to monitor the progress with the implementation of the plan.
- To manage the provisions of services to communities, residents and ratepayers in a sustainable manner.
- To maintain discipline of staff.
- To promote sound labour relations and compliance by the municipality of applicable labour legislation, conditions of service and collective agreements.
- To advise the structures and functionaries of the municipality.
- To manage the communication between the municipality's administration and its structures and functionaries.
- To carry out the decisions of the structures and functionaries of the municipality.
- To administer and implement the municipality's By-laws and other legislation.
- To implement national and provincial legislation applicable to the municipality.
- To facilitate participation by communities, residents, ratepayers and other stakeholders in the affairs of the municipality.