The DA-led Johannesburg City Council has appointed Dr. Ndivhoniswani Lukhwareni as the city’s new manager following series of recruitment processes that kicked off in September.
Speaking to reporters, the city said Lukhwareni was picked as the preferred candidate following unanimous endorsement by the city council and a recruitment panel.
“This panel was constituted on the basis of legislation, which included the executive mayor, an external independent expert, the EFF (Economic Freedom Fighters) caucus leader and an African Christain Democratic Party (ACDP) councillor, the city said.
Speaking also, Johannesburg mayor, Herman Mashaba said Lukhwareni has all it takes to refine and bring the coveted city to the next level. He described him as a “true civil servant”, who will hopefully deliver the goods, going by his experience and other things.
“During the process, I was impressed by Dr. Lukhwareni’s ability to grasp the project of delivering change to the people of Johannesburg.
He possesses a keen mind, enormous experience and the ability to put our program of action into effect. He is [a] true civil servant and the right person to take forward our drive to professionalize the civil service,” Mayor Mashaba said.
Prior to his appointment, Lukhwareni was the Deputy City manager of the City of Tshwane. In addition, he has been in-charge of service delivery and transformation management in Tshwane since 2012.
He holds a BSc. Electrical Engineering from the University of Durban-Westville, a doctorate in Business Leadership from UNISA and a competence in Municipal Finance Management Programme from the University of Pretoria’s School of Public Management and Administration.
Dr. Ndivhoniswani Lukhwareni will take over from former city manager Trevor Fowler, who was appointed in 2011 by former mayor Parks Tau.