Mr Albert de Klerk has, from 01 March 2021, taken over the reins from the previous Acting Municipal Manager, Anton Everson, to steer the Administrative arm of Langeberg Municipality.
Executive Mayor, Alderman Schalk van Eeden, has welcomed the appointment and said Council approved the appointment at the Council meeting on 27 January 2021.
"The candidates applying for a position as important as an Accounting Officer of a Municipality, undergo an intensive screening, evaluation, and interview process that is in no way taken lightly. The Council has confidence in Mr de Klerk’s capabilities to exercise his duties with the utmost attention and diligence and we are looking forward to working with him,” the Mayor said.
Mr de Klerk, 51, holds 27 years of extensive knowledge and experience in local government. After completing his studies in BCom Financial Accounting and gaining experience in the private sector, de Klerk entered into local government in 1992 as a Head Clerk of Finance at Zamdela Municipality.
With passion, commitment, and sacrifice, he worked his way up to Chief Financial Officer of Midvaal Local Municipality in the Gauteng Province (2001–2007) after which he served as Municipal Manager of Midvaal Local Municipality for 11 years (2008-2019).
During this time, Mr de Klerk achieved great success with seven clean audits and accepted the award for Best Quality Life and Most Financially Sustainable Municipality in Gauteng.
His career to date highlights his involvement to help boost large infrastructure development projects, attracting investors to construct factories, housing developments, an educational academy, and a large provincial road project that has positively influenced the lives of the communities he served.
“The job of a Municipal Manager is not for everyone, my true passion is to improve the lives of people and I believe I can make a contribution here. Langeberg is a beautiful area and I hope to be able to prove myself and stay even longer,” says de Klerk.
“I believe a good municipality is always community focussed. We have a responsibility as municipal officials to serve our communities with the best quality service. We also play an important role to offer our communities hope, hope that is now so desperately needed after COVID-19 affected many livelihoods. Through prioritising development opportunities, we can help with job creation and address the increasing social concerns in neighbourhoods. In so doing, we can improve the lives of our residents,” says de Klerk
“I am excited to undertake my duties to upscale service delivery and achieve the objectives of Council. I am strongly focussed to ensure that Langeberg Municipality maintain its clean audit finding with sound governance and excellent service delivery,” says de Klerk