SA’s Major Metros Recruiting City Managers – Details Herein


Major metros in the country are currently hunting for new city managers following the resignation and replacement of some city managers.

Prior to the much-contested municipal elections, most city managers submitted their resignation letters while others were quietly replaced with the hope of getting their successors.

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Metros where city manager job vacancies are up for grabs include the Nelson Mandela Bay metro, Johannesburg, and the City of Ekurhuleni.

The Nelson Mandela Bay fixed the position of the city manager for a five-year fixed term‚ with a remuneration package of between R1.7m and R2.4m a year in its advertisement.

For Johannesburg, the city spokesman Tony Taverna-Turisan confirmed the city has since put up the advertise on Sunday Times newspapers since September 18 – interested candidates are advised to dig deep about the job by going through the newspaper.

Currently, Joburg city manager Trevor Fowler has not vacated his seat. Fowler was requested by Mayor Mashaba to hold on until the year runs out so that the city can competently find his successor.

For the Ekurhuleni Metropolitan Municipality, the city’s spokesperson Themba Radebe said the municipality has initiated the process of appointing a city manager.

Although he declined diving into salary structure, Radebe added that candidates would be required‚ among other things‚ to have:

  •   A postgraduate degree in public administration, political sciences, social sciences, law or equivalent qualification‚ plus extensive management and local government experience; and
  • 10 years’ experience‚ of which at least five must have been at senior management level within the municipal or public sector or      similar environment.

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In the course of the selection, candidates are expected to undergo screening and a competency assessment once shortlisted. And once a preferred candidate is identified‚ a report will be tabled for council approval.

Only then will an offer of appointment be made to the preferred candidate.