Only 81% of the 1 722 position in the Infrastructure and Engineering Directorate were filled at the end of September last year. A report...

Only 81% of the 1 722 position in the Infrastructure and Engineering Directorate were filled at the end of September last year.

A report to the Infrastructure, Engineering, Electricity and Energy Directorate that meets this afternoon says that 1 460 positions are currently filled. There are 160 budgeted vacancies and 102 unfunded vacancies in the directorate.

The report indicates that at the end of December, the Directorate hadspent 83% of planned expenditure on basic remuneration and allowances.

A report to Tuesday’s Budget and Treasury Committee reveals that for the first six months of the current financial year, the Nelson Mandela Bay Municipality had spent R134.4 million or 14% less than budgeted for on employee costs.

The actual year to date total at December was R845.4 million as against a budgeted R979.8 million.Despite this, the Metro is still budgeting to spend nearly R1.7 billion on employee costs in the current financial year, just over R10 million less than initially budgeted for as a result of the lower than anticipated salary increases.

Budget and Treasury states that the reason for the lower than anticipated expenditure on employee costs is the rate at which vacancies are filled. Currently, the position of the Municipal Manager and those of four executive directors are vacant.

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