By Jade McClune
FOLLOWING a two-year recruitment drive, it was confirmed this week that the current CEO of Tsumeb Municipality, Archie Benjamin, has been appointed to the coveted post of Swakopmund CEO, with effect from 1 January 2019.
Benjamin, who has been the CEO of Tsumeb since December 2004, told the press this week that he had already received a letter of appointment from the Minister of Urban and Rural Development, and was poised to take up the hot seat at the start of the new year.
Benjamin reportedly topped the shortlist of candidates, which included acting Swakopmund CEO Marco Swarts, who has been acting in the post since the retirement of former CEO Eckhardt Demasius in 2016.
Swakopmund is one of the few local authorities that are in full compliance with all statutory financial reporting requirements and the municipality boasts a healthy balance sheet. There will no doubt be high expectations of the new CEO to deliver on the council’s developmental mandate, to improve service delivery and to maintain the accounting standards set by his forerunners.
Benjamin is no stranger to controversy though. He was suspended from his post at Tsumeb in 2010 after he reportedly signed off on a land deal involving a friend without following procedure, but he was later reinstated without further sanctions after apologising for his actions.
Prior to his 13-year stint at Tsumeb, he worked as a deputy director of education from 1992 to 2004.
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