The eThekwini Executive Committee welcomed the conversion of 1149 temporary employees into permanent contract employees, during the Executive meeting held at Moses Mabhida Stadium on Tuesday (19/03/2013). 

Last year the eThekwini Council resolved to conduct an exercise to convert qualifying Council temporary staff to permanent employment particular those who met the set criteria. 

His Worship the Mayor, Cllr James Nxumalo welcomed the move and thanked the Municipality for implementing this resolution. 

“As the major employer in the Province, eThekwini has been able to reduce unemployment by 1149 which will see those who were temporarily employed including those hired by labour brokers being converted into full time employees,” said Nxumalo. 

Amongst those who have benefited from this move are 926 Metro Police officers and those employees who have been with Council for more than 24 months and younger than 63 years old. 

“This decision is one of the biggest decisions in dealing with Youth unemployment, and reducing poverty in our city,” continued Mayor Nxumalo. 

The Municipality has consulted South African Local Government Bargaining Council and Head of Human Resources at SALGA about this move. The financial implications were provided for in the budget. 

The temporary contract employees were converted into permanent position at the end of February 2013, following the decision that was taken by Council in December 2012. 

Meanwhile, the Mayor has welcomed the sentencing of Nkosiyabo Ngubane who was given life sentence for murdering Cllr Wiseman Mshibe outside his home. 

“This sentence will send a strong message to the community that crime doesn’t pay. We are optimistic that others who are involved in the recent slaughtering of councillors will be punished,” Mayor Nxumalo closed.