Ms Sphiwe Matsi has been appointed Municipal Manager of Thaba Chweu Local Municipality effectively from 01 February 2020. Her appointment was confirmed during the Special Council meeting held on Thursday, 30 January 2020. She has been acting in the position since July 2018. Her appointment is historic in that she’s the first female to be appointed as the Head of Administration since the transition to democracy. Before acting in the position, Ms. Matsi worked as the Director of Community Services since April 2015.The referred senior official grew up from the hills of Mashishing well known with a tranquil character. She is also referred to as focused, firm, visionary and result oriented; qualities that are essential towards turning TCLM around. Her illustrious career spans over 16 years with various stints as a Social Worker in departments such as Correctional Services, Actonville Child and Family Welfare Society, Limpopo Department of Health and Social Development and Mpumalanga Department of Social Development.
"Her passion for people led her to pursue a career in Social Work, where she obtained a Bachelor’s degree in Social Work from the University of Natal and Honours through the University of Jönköping in Sweden where she was an exchange student. Ms Matsi also supplemented her knowledge through certificate programmes ranging from Strategic Management and Planning, Human Resources Management, Industrial and Organisational Psychology, and Municipal Finance Management done through the University of South Africa and the University of Pretoria respectively. She is currently studying towards a qualification in Master of Public Administration through MANCOSA. Her immediate goals amongst others are to ensure that TCLM observes fiscal discipline and attend to the urgent and pressing service delivery challenges such as the provision of water, the rehabilitation of roads and the ageing infrastructure. When taking over the reins as acting Municipal Manager, the municipality had obtained disclaimer Audit opinion with 19 matters of emphasis during 2016/17 financial year and swiftly obtained a qualified audit opinion with five (5) matters of emphasis during 2017/18 financial year. Owing to her leadership prowess the matters of emphasis have been drastically reduced from five to two in the 2018/2019 Financial Year. “What gives me sleepless nights is the Eskom issue. However, with the support and commitment from management, strides are being made to ensure that the lights are kept on. It is also my wish and endeavour to assist council in the creation of job opportunities and other economic spin offs for the youth within our municipality solely to grow the economy of the towns within our jurisdiction. Through a collaborative effort between the municipality and the private sector, this milestone is possible and achievable”, said Ms. Matsi. ENDS… Issued by Communication and Marketing Unit Mr Themba Sibiya Communication Manager 083 398 1955 013 235 7301 DATE: 10 March 2020"