Political advisers, ward assistants out as new Bay administration kicks in
As the five-year council term kicks off with a new multi-party government in Nelson Mandela Bay, hundreds of support staff who worked as political advisers, ward assistants and cleaners will be hitting the job market as their contracts come to an end this month.
The start of the new council term also automatically disbanded the 60 ward committees, effectively putting a stop to the monthly stipend paid to more than 500 ward committee members.
Speaker Jonathan Lawack’s office will be in charge of reconstituting the committees in all of the Bay’s 60 wards.
Acting city boss Johann Mettler said all political appointees were informed last month of the decision to terminate their contracts.
“All contracts of political appointees with the municipality end on August 31. Letters advising them of the decision to terminate their contracts were delivered to them in July,” Mettler said.
“[It affects] 243 ward councillor assistants and cleaners at the end of the term and 21 political appointees in various political offices.”
He said 523 active ward committee members were also affected.
The number excludes former ward and proportional representative councillors who did not make the political party lists to return to the council.
While councillors who are not returning will each receive a three-month payout, the ex gratia payment does not extend to political appointees.
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