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Trevor Fowler is to take over one of the most important positions in Johannesburg, that of City manager. He will bring with him a wealth of experience.
THE City of Joburg has appointed top government and civic leader Trevor Fowler to take over the duties of City manager. He takes up the position on 1 October.

Fowler will replace Mavela Dlamini, who has served as City manager for the past five years. He will take up his new position after serving out his notice as an executive director of Murray and Roberts, the construction company.

His previous experience includes chief operating officer and acting director-general in the Presidency, from 2004 to 2009. Before his appointment to the Presidency, he served as a political advisor to the premier of Gauteng.

A civil engineer by qualification, Fowler entered politics in 1994 as an elected representative of the ANC in the Gauteng legislature. In 1999, he became a member of the provincial executive council for development planning and local government.

Given his qualities and vast experience in government, Executive Mayor Parks Tau was convinced that the City was fortunate to have such a person leading the administration of “South Africa’s most vibrant city into an exciting new growth phase”.

“He brings with him a wealth of experience and knowledge in the public and private sectors, politics, administration and the professions,” he said. “We are truly delighted to welcome him in his new position in the City and look forward to the contribution he will make in all areas of the City’s business.”

Tau emphasised that Fowler was the best man for the job because he had proven himself in leadership positions that were significant to the future management of Joburg.

As City manager, Fowler will lead a team that is responsible for an operating budget of more than R29-billion and a capital budget of R3,7-billion.

The estimated R33-billion was tabled by Tau in his maiden mid-term budget on 29 June, in the Mayoral Chambers in Braamfontein.

Tau said the City’s budget had been balanced against revenue collection. It would spend its capital budget on traffic management, road maintenance, patching potholes, maintaining open spaces and cutting grass, reducing power outages, cleaning informal settlements and addressing illegal dumping, to list a few.

Money would also be invested in rehabilitating Bruma Lake, developing infrastructure in Alexandra, Baragwanath central precinct, Selby Village and Stretford station precinct; installing smart electricity meters, upgrading sewer and water infrastructure and roads, extending and implementing Phase 1B of Rea Vaya, and developing new parks and upgrading existing ones.

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