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City Manager appointment confirmed by Council<p>​</p><span><p><span style="font-size:12pt;font-family:"century gothic", sans-serif;">‘It was my pleasure to recommend that Council appoints Mr Lungelo Mbandazayo as City Manager. In the 11 months I have worked with him, Mr Mbandazayo has distinguished himself as a person of principle, courage and firm values. In a country where basic spinal rectitude is sorely lacking in the state, with so many people who simply refuse to stand for anything, Mr Mbandazayo stands apart. He took over as City Manager at a time of great instability. He has succeeded in stabilising the organisation, even when this has required dispensing bitter medicine. Now past that phase, the City is well positioned to move into a new phase of higher ambition and to deliver on the priorities this government has set. First and foremost, this will require a shift in internal culture in the administration - to an internal culture that is focused on our shared purpose as Team Cape Town which is to bring people out of poverty over time, and to build a City that is an example of progress in a country in decline. And an internal culture that fosters innovation, and that is focused more on outcomes than on rigid compliance. </span></p> <figure class="subtopic-fullsize-img"> <img src="" class="responsive" alt="" style="width:2059px;" /> </figure></span><span><p>'While it was not defining in the decision to appoint him, it is nevertheless wonderful and inspiring to see a candidate who grew up in the rural Eastern Cape, who received his first pair of shoes at the age of 11, to rise to be the City Manager of South Africa's greatest city. Indeed, it is made all the more heartwarming to know that he has achieved this on merit. He is a living example of the progress South Africa could make were it governed by the same set of values that govern this city, as we know it one day will be. Lungelo has our support, our backing, our full confidence, and he leaves with the weighty expectation of being at the head of a team that must deliver on the priorities of this government and the expectations of our public,' said Mayor Geordin Hill-Lewis.</p><p> </p><p>Mbandazayo has an extensive legal career spanning over three decades, which includes serving as an Acting Magistrate in Bloemfontein and running a law firm in the Eastern Cape. In 2005 Mbandazayo joined the City as a Director: Legal Strategy with one of his first priorities being the rationalisation of the City's various legal services (which then included Forensics), bringing them together into a centralised service and was appointed acting director of the consolidated Legal Services Department in November 2006, and Director in May the following year. This led to his involvement in almost every major City decision-making process, giving him the foundation for his current job.<br></p> <figure class="subtopic-fullsize-img"> <img src="" class="responsive" alt="" style="width:949px;" /> </figure>​​</span><p>In August 2016 he was appointed Acting Executive Director: Corporate Services which lead to his permanent appointment as Executive Director: Corporate Services in January 2017, occupying the position for a year before being appointed City Manager in January 2018. 'I'm a public servant, it is a wonderful thing to be able to play a part in improving the lives of the millions of people the City serves in so many ways. It is a tremendous privilege to be in this position and it is also an enormous responsibility' said City Manager Lungelo Mbandazayo.</p><p> </p><p>'It is the greatest privilege of my life to lead the talented people that together form the finest public service in South Africa. Over the last few years our senior management team has driven the good governance agenda, and we also accept that good governance is only the start. There is more to achieve as part of our commitment to innovation and creativity; our drive to collaborate with stakeholders; our love for public service; and our deep respect for each other and for the residents we serve. From here on, my focus will be on a range of new goals. We are going to scale our performance together to meet the outcome of our ambitious new Integrated Development Plan,' said City Manager Lungelo Mbandazayo.</p><p> </p><p>Recent new appointments, some returning, to the senior management team include:</p><ul><li>Community Services and Health: Zukiswa Mandlana</li><li>Corporate Services: Ernest Sass</li><li>Economic Growth: Ruby Gelderbloem</li><li>Energy: Kadri Nassiep</li><li>Finance: Kevin Jacoby</li><li>Future Planning and Resilience: Gareth Morgan</li><li>Safety and Security: Vincent Botto</li><li>Spatial Planning and Environment: Robert McGaffin</li><li>Urban Waste: Luzuko Mdunyelwa</li></ul><p>Human Settlements, Urban Mobility and Water and Sanitation directorates continue to be led by Nolwandle Gqiba, Dalene Campbell and Michael Webster respectively.</p><p> </p><p> </p><p><strong>End</strong></p><p><br></p>2022-11-01T22:00:00ZGP0|#1d539e44-7c8c-4646-887d-386dc1d95d70;L0|#01d539e44-7c8c-4646-887d-386dc1d95d70|City news;GTSet|#62efe227-07aa-45e7-944c-ceebacca891dGP0|#097deb0d-3e92-4b9b-bc88-2b4eaf01e9db;L0|#0097deb0d-3e92-4b9b-bc88-2b4eaf01e9db|City Manager;GTSet|#2e3de6c1-9951-4747-8f53-470629a399bb;GP0|#2cfdea01-c819-4bac-b774-6767b7951962;L0|#02cfdea01-c819-4bac-b774-6767b7951962|appointment of officer10

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