MOSSEL BAY NEWS - Advocate Thys Giliomee was appointed as Municipal Manager of Mossel Bay with effect from 1 December 2016, the Executive Mayor, Alderman Harry Levendal, announced at the monthly meeting of the Mossel Bay Town Council today, 24 November.
“I am delighted that we have been able to find a person of the calibre and experience of Adv Giliomee and we look forward to working with him during our term of office to take Mossel Bay forward in the best interests of all our citizens.
“The Municipality has established itself as one of South Africa’s leading municipalities over the past number of years and I am sure that Adv Giliomee will continue to build on the foundations that he will inherit,“ said Alderman Levendal.
Adv Giliomee (53) holds a B Econ as well as an Honours degree in Public Administration from the University of Stellenbosch and a B Com Honours in Economics, a B Proc, an LL M and a Certificate in Labour Relations (Cum Laude), all from the University of South Africa. He was admitted as an advocate of the High Court of South Africa in April 2005.
His career in local government started in December 1988 with the Cape Metropolitan Council in Stellenbosch. He subsequently worked at the Oostenberg Municipality, the City of Tygerberg and the City of Cape Town. Following a number of years in the private sector, mainly as the owner of his own labour relations consultancy, he had a spell with Bitou Municipality in 2012, first as Acting Chief Financial Officer and then as Acting Municipal Manager.
On 1 August 2012 he became the Chief Executive Officer of the Western Cape Liquor Authority on a fixed-term contract until 31 October 2015. He joined the Office of the Premier of the Western Cape on a fixed-term contract as a part-time consultant on strategic programmes on 1 November 2015, while at the same time practicing as a private labour specialist.
The position of Municipal Manager became vacant in May 2016 when Dr Michele Gratz resigned as Municipal Manager. Mr Harry Hill was appointed as Acting Municipal Manager when Dr Gratz resigned.