The Hibiscus Coast Municipality has announced it’s determination to intensify the productivity of its employees by implementing an electronic time management system from Thursday 1 August.
At a media briefing in the Council Chambers on Tuesday, HCM Mayor Cynthia Mqwebu made it clear that from this date, all employees, including general workers, would be clocking in by inserting their index finger in the scanners located in their reporting stations. She said this was the last phase of the process which started on 2 May this year with managers, and from 1 June with office -based staff. This meant that from Thursday all HCM employees would be using the system when clocking in and out for work, and no manual registers would be used. Mayor Mqwebu said while the municipality was availing itself of the latest technological systems, at the same time it was instilling discipline amongst employees to ensure productivity as far as service delivery was concerned. ( The rest of Madam Mayor’s statement can be read elsewhere in eHowzit’s municipal section ).
Up till now the South African Municipal Workers’ Union ( Samwu ) has not been happy with the new clocking system, and has threatened to strike if it was introduced. During question time eHowz!t asked Municipal Manager Max Mbili whether this dispute had been resolved.
In the beginning of this video recording Lencel’s roving camera captured the natural sights and sounds of the HCM Chamber before and during the media briefing, followed by question time and Mr. Mbili’s response. The video ends with shots of the two new heads of department who took office on Thursday, Messrs. Sibusiso Nzimande of Community Services, and Siyabonga Zama of Development and Planning, with Mr. Mbili and Mayor Mqwebu.
The third person with the Mayor and Municipal Manager is HCM Senior Manager Mayoralty and Communications Simon Soboyisa.