Mayor Mihloti Muhlope (middle) welcomes the new Chief Financial Officer of Musina Municipality, Mr Livhuani Thomas Nephawe (left). Also in the photo is the Municipal Manager, Nathi Tshiwanammbi.

Musina Municipality has heeded a call by the Minister of Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs (CoGTA), Dr Zweli Mkhize to appoint experts in strategic management positions.  This follows the recent appointment of highly skilled financial expert, Mr Livhuani Thomas Nephawe as the new Chief Financial Officer (CFO) of Musina Municipality. The position became vacant after the previous incumbent, Jane Tshikundamalema resigned for greener pastures two years ago. A senior manager in the Finance Department, Mr Liston Murulana has been acting in the position until Nephawe’s recent appointment.

Mayor Mihloti Muhlope welcomed Nephawe to Musina Municipality and expressed her firm confidence in his prolific financial skills.  “Nephawe is a highly respected financial manager and we are happy to be associated with him. Council will give him full support to execute his duties accordingly. With Musina’s prospects of becoming a city in the near future, there is no doubt that his wealth of experience will add value to the growth of the municipality. He is a seasoned financial expert who has in-depth understanding of the public sector and local government.”

Nephawe is not a novice in the financial management sector. A graduate from WITS University and the University of Pretoria, Nephawe worked as the Acting CFO and Head of Supply Chain and Asset Management at the Capricorn District Municipality. He was also the CFO of Greater Taung Local Municipality and Manager of Financial Services at Polokwane Municipality where he also worked as Acting CFO. He also served at Makhado Municipality as Financial Manager and acted as CFO in the same institution. Amongst his previous roles, Nephawe also served as the CFO of Thulamela Municipality. He also worked at Naledi Local Municipality as Deputy Town Treasurer, Westonaria Local Municipality as Finance Assistant Director, Musina Municipality as Town Treasurer Expenditure, Water and Sanitation Services (Pty) Ltd as Accountant and KPMG as Trainee Accountant.

Nephawe gladly said about his new role: “I’m ready for the exiting journey ahead and very happy to be part of the big family at Musina Municipality. I’m here to advance the municipality’s primary objective of delivering efficient services. This will be achieved by means of team work, dedication and cooperation with various organs and stakeholders of the municipality.”