Keetmanshoop’s acting CEO calls it quits

31 Oct 2013 22:29pm
KEETMANSHOOP, 31 OCT (NAMPA) - The acting Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of the Keetmanshoop Municipality, Hermanus Losper has communicated his desire to resign from the council.
This means he will resign as both acting CEO and Chief Traffic Officer in the town’s Traffic Department.
He has been in the acting position since March 2013 when CEO Paul Vleermuis was suspended.
A resignation letter addressed to Management Committee chairperson Willie Kotze indicates that Losper will relinquish his duties by 28 November 2013.
“In compliance with section 30(1)(c) of the Labour Act No. 11 of 2007, this writing serves to notify you of my intention to resign from the employment of council,” reads the resignation letter as seen by Nampa.
In the same document, Losper states that in view of the unfolding developments in the municipality, it is extremely difficult to sustain an employment relationship without enduring unfair harassment and prejudicial treatment.
“A lack of decisive leadership and political intervention in administrative matters on the part of the council has admittedly compromised my career.
I had to make one of the most difficult decisions, and blame council for the abrupt end of my professional career (Chief Traffic Officer) at Keetmanshoop Municipality,” he wrote in the resignation letter.
The same letter dated 28 October was forwarded to the Deputy Director of Local Authorities in the Ministry of Regional and Local Government, Housing and Rural Development, Karl Ndoroma, and //Karas Regional Governor Bernardus Swartbooi.
Losper also wrote another letter, which directly informs Swartbooi of his intention to quit the job.
“I deemed it imperative, as a matter of courtesy, to inform the honourable governor about my decision to call it quits at the municipality of Keetmanshoop,” he stated in the letter addressed to Swartbooi.
In the meantime, Vleermuis’s employment contract expired today (31 October 2013), and the post has been advertised.
This news agency understands that so far, eight people from within and outside the municipality applied for the CEO position.
Efforts to get more comment from Kotze and Losper proved futile as calls to Losper’s mobile phone were cut, and Kotze’s phone went unanswered.