Political posts slashed to save council millions

The Nelson Mandela Bay council has approved a trimmed-down political staff structure, slashing in half the number of political posts.

It has reduced the number of positions in the mayor, deputy mayor, chief whip and speaker’s office from93 to 45.

The decision by the council on Thursday to rescind the political organogram approved by the previous administration will save the municipalityR40-million over five years.

In July, the ANC and COPE approved 43 new political positions which the DA and UDM refused to endorse.

While a number of the posts approved by the council at the time had not been filled, the municipality set aside money to fill the positions.

The 45 jobs in the office of the mayor, speaker, deputy mayor and chief whip are for assistants, secretaries, coordinators,researchers, drivers and protection officers, among others.

In a report to council, acting city boss Johann Mettler wrote that the cuts in chief whip Werner Senekal’s office reduced the structure from 13 staff members to four.

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