By Dirontsho Sebego
Matlakala Irene Matthews is the first female candidate to be appointed as the acting municipal manager for Ramotshere Moiloa Local Municipality. She was appointed as per council resolution in July 2017 to act as Municipal Manager for a period of three months.
Matthews, a gender activist and trade unionist has the relevant qualifications and work experience. She has obtained a master’s degree in international relations, Bachelor of Administration (hons) in Public Administration and Political studies from Turfloop University. She also has extensive experience on labour relations, conflict and dispute resolution matters.
Before her secondment to Ramotshere Moiloa, Matthews was working as Municipal Manager in the Dr. Kenneth Kaunda District Municipality and also worked as the Director of Corporate services in Matlosana and Tlokwe municipalities respectively.
As expected, Matthews is appointed with full delegated powers i.e. she will be responsible for general managerial duties of the institution, Ensuring sound management of Council Budget, render advisory services to Council and its committees, ensure that the municipality complies with all applicable legislations, IDP review, budgeting process, Community participation, ensure that Council implement LED projects aimed at empowering local people and creating job opportunities.
Matlakala had a brief engagement with senior and middle management upon resuming her duties and she indicated that she is looking forward to working together with all officials. “I hope that we are going to learn from each other. You are familiar with the environment and I cannot just come and change things. My interest will be to assist on issues relating to compliance and legislations. I operate on an open door policy but please do not take advantage. Let’s stick to issues relating to taking this municipality forward”, she said during the introductory meeting.
She will continue to engage with the rest of the staff member through one on one session.