PRODUCTIVITY: Walvis Bay municipal councillor Ronald Bramwell. Photo Erongo 24/7
PRODUCTIVITY: Walvis Bay municipal councillor Ronald Bramwell. Photo Erongo 24/7

Motion calls for capping of municipal staff wages

No performance-based system
A Walvis Bay councillor has tabled a motion seeking to cap all municipal staff wages and salaries until the implementation of and acceptance of the performance management system.
Otis Daniels
Councillor Ronald “Buddy” Bramwell submitted a motion to cap all staff wages and salaries until the implementation of and acceptance of the performance management system for the municipality of Walvis Bay.

“The purpose of this proposal is to curb unnecessary expenditure on salary and wage increases until it is possible to measure the work rate and efficiency of all staff and give recognition with just reward where it is due,” Bramwell told councillors.

This motion is a follow-up on a motion to implement a performance management system for the staff of the municipality of Walvis Bay as soon as possible, tabled (unopposed) by Bramwell on 27 November 2023. According to Bramwell, the high costs of staff salaries and wages are a constant drain on the municipality's revenue income for services rendered to the community.

“This results in no key management posts being filled, which leads to higher costs for personnel acting in higher grades and acts as a deterrent for the appointment of staff in permanent positions.”

Bramwell pointed out that there has been no performance-based system in the municipality for the past 30 years.

“This led to the situation in which we find ourselves today, where we can barely afford the staff we presently have.”

He added that the prevailing situation is aggravated by an inability to collect the monies owed to the municipality by debtors who are in arrears with payments for services rendered.

“It has a direct impact on our cash flow, which would otherwise have been used to develop land and infrastructure from which the municipality can generate more income to spend on low-income housing schemes, sewerage repairs, and road infrastructure.”

Bramwell said that in the absence of a performance management system, all staff have been receiving the same salary and wage increases across the board for the past 30 years.

“In essence, this means that if you work, you will get an annual increase, and if you don’t work, you will still get an annual increase. This has led to the position where there is little motivation to do a day’s work in the municipality.”

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