Water Utilities Corporation (WUC) has been hit by high turnover as senior management team members under various portfolios quit the organisation recently, information reaching Sunday Standard has revealed.
This past year alone, WUC corporate management team with the assistance of section heads whose role is to implement the strategic direction and objectives set out by the WUC board within the confines of the corporate vision, mission and values saw about five different high profile departures of the Technical Services Director, Regional Operations Director (south), Regional Operations Director (north) and this past December WUC Human Resources and Administration Director Matlhogonolo Mponang leaving the corporation and the list includes the immediate past Chief Executive Godfrey Mudanga.
Furthermore, few weeks before the end of 2014, the board of the WUC appointed Leornard Nxumalo as the new substantive Chief Executive. Nxumalo replaces Mudanga who was fired by the Minister responsible for water, water supply Kitso Mokaila in May 2014. Mudanga was shown the door together with three of his Directors who were believed to have fared badly in a performance appraisal conducted by the board. The decision to relieve Mudanga of his duties is said to have also been endorsed by Cabinet.
The corporation indicated in the 2013/14 annual report that the other challenges that had an adverse impact on the corporation’s operations included vandalism of the corporation’s infrastructure and the general unwillingness to pay for water by the public.
“This saw the corporation ‘debt book grow and by the close of the review period it stood at just over P300 million,” reads the statement.
WUC corporate and communications manager Matida Mmipi on Friday confirmed that a total of four members left the organisation. Mmipi stated that the Technical Services Director Lillian Mosimaneotsile left at the end of her contract. Messer Godfrey Mudanga the Chief Executive Officer, Harry Pheko the Regional Operations Director South, Meshack Balebetse the Regional Director North all left following a mutual agreement with the organisation.
“The main challenge facing the corporation currently is the poor performance of the Corporation. This has resulted in receding dam levels as well as the decline in borehole yields as a result of insufficient rains over the past few years,” said Mmipi.
She further said that all the positions vacated by the members of the executive management have either been filled or are being acted for as the corporation charts the way forward.
Mmipi is of the view that with a marked decline in rainfall, especially in the south of the country the water supply situation in these areas continues to decline.
“It has become more necessary than ever that everyone in these areas appreciates the situation and plays an active role in conserving water,” said Mmipi.