21 November 2017 MEDIA STATEMENT: REPLACEMENT MAYORAL CAR MARKS THE END OF A PAINFUL CHAPTER FOR THE EXECUTIVE MAYOR OF BITOU MUNICIPALITY

28 November 2017
21 November 2017 MEDIA STATEMENT: REPLACEMENT MAYORAL CAR MARKS THE END OF A PAINFUL CHAPTER FOR THE EXECUTIVE MAYOR OF BITOU MUNICIPALITY

The Executive Mayor of Bitou Municipality has – as of Monday 13 November 2017- been using a new official vehicle following a horrific accident on 5 August 2017- which saw his previous official vehicle written off. 

At the time of the accident, the Mayor was travelling in his official vehicle together with his protectors. All received medical care for shock and trauma following the crash- and furthermore, the Executive Mayor took necessary sick leave to recover from the traumatic accident.

Since the accident, the Mayor has been using a rental vehicle in line with the Mayoral Handbook and Ministerial notice on upper limits for the remuneration of councillors.  The rental vehicle was procured using a legally compliant contract that was concluded in the pre Local Government Election (LGE) 2016 administration.

The temporary vehicle has been in use since 11 August 2017 with extensions after every 14 days. The rental term of the vehicle had to be renewed pending the outcome of the insurance claim.

The insurance claim was eventually finalised on the 16 November 2017 following thorough but protracted investigations by the insurance company concerned. In this regard, members of the media are advised that a replacement official vehicle has now been procured as the official vehicle of the Executive Mayor. The replacement car is the same model and of the same value as the previous official vehicle car that was damaged in the car accident.

It is important to note that while it is common for Executive Mayors and leaders in all spheres of government to get luxurious vehicles with hefty price tags- this is not the case at Bitou Municipality, which is a demonstration of Mayor Lobese’s commitment to forego unnecessary and luxurious perks in exercising his duty as the Municipality’s First Citizen and instead channel the Municipality’s resources to pursue the clean governance, and “pro-poor” agenda he has advocated since coming into office.

With the delivery of the replacement official car- the Executive Mayor is confident that he will now close the painful chapter of the accident that momentarily threatened to derail his work and commitment to serve the people of Bitou Municipality.

              

Any further inquiries and questions of clarification about this statement can be directed to:

Municipal Manager:                             Mr Thabo Ndlovu

Office Landline:                                   (044) 501 3172

Email Address:                                    tndlovu@plett.gov.za

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