Cape Town -
Cape Town mayor Patricia de Lille has sent a stern warning to senior staff in her own administration – shape up or get out.
During a full council meeting on Wednesday, De Lille said the city had big goals like improving public transport and basic services for all residents.
The new city administration has been in power for about a year and a half. But already an executive director has resigned and a mayoral committee has been fired.
De Lille said she had asked city manager Achmat Ebrahim and the strategic policy unit to develop a “process of change management” through the city administration.
She said the city would be “establishing a centre of excellence”.
But she said she could not wait for “those to be part of the team, those who are resistant to change”.
“The problems Cape Town faces will not wait for these people to come around. And neither will we. So I have a special appeal to the senior political and administrative leaders.
“Help us deliver the change for there is much we can still do. And if you cannot, then it is time to make way for those who can.”
De Lille said when the new administration took office after last year’s local government elections, it “undertook a programme of change”.