The Municipal Manager of Cape Agulhas Municipality, Dean O’Neill, has been appointed by the Overstrand Municipality (OM) to take over from Coenie Groenewald as the new Municipal Manager for Overstrand on 1 November. Groenewald’s fixed-term contract of employment terminates on 31 October when he reaches retirement age.

The new municipal manager appointed by Overstrand Municipality, Dean O’Neill will take over from Coenie Groenewald when he retires on 1 November. PHOTO: Gurswin Prins, Cape Agulhas Municipality

According to a statement released by the OM, O’Neill has many years’ of experience in local government. “A total of 28 applications (one was late) were received for the position and, after proper screening, three candidates were invited to attend the evaluation and interview sessions for the post. One candidate withdrew from the interview session,” said the OM.

The selection panel consisted of Mayor Dudley Coetzee (Chairman), Adv G Mettler (Specialist – Municipal Manager of Stellenbosch Municipality), Cllr Elnora Gillion (OM Deputy Mayor), Mr G Paulse (HoD Provincial Department of Local Government), Cllr Valerie Pungupunge (Observer), Mr R Steele (Facilitator) and Ms Desireé Arrison (Director: Management Services and Secretariat).

The Executive Mayor, Dudley Coetzee, has welcomed the appointment and said Council approved the appointment unanimously during a virtual Council meeting on 24 June. “The Council has every confidence in Mr O’Neill’s capabilities and is looking forward to working with him. He is a competent and experienced municipal manager and we are hopeful that he will exercise his duties as the accounting officer with the utmost care and diligence,” the Mayor said.

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