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Mr N Diamond

Municipal Manager



Loretta Thatcher


Office of the Municipal Manager






Deputy Municipal Manager Mr D P Msibi

Mr. Neil Diamond joined the City of Mbombela on 1 July 2017 to act as Municipal Manager appointed by the MEC of COGTA in terms of Section 54a(6)(a) of the Municipal Systems Act, Act 32 of 2000. The new Municipal Manager received a clear mandate from the MEC and Executive Mayor to implement a turnaround strategy and establish a financially sound local government with a transparent clean administration that delivers quality services to the citizens of Mbombela.

Neil Diamond is an expert in Local Government Strategies and holds an Executive MBA in Strategic Management form BSN a leading European Business School in the Netherlands. He has authored academic papers on the subject of Strategy and published numerous articles about local government, municipal finance management and service delivery. Neil Diamond believes in the Smart City philosophy as well as Public Private Partnerships by which business partner with government to deliver services. He recently obtained a PPP Specialist qualification from the Institute of Public Private Partnership in Washington DC, USA.  

With over 16 year’s Local Government experience Neil Diamond brings a host of skills and expertise to the City of Mbombela in his new role as Municipal Manager. He has a clear comprehension of business operating models, systems and business processes needed for efficient and effective local government. His efforts will be directed to responsible resource management in a way that optimizes service delivery and ultimately create a better live for the people of Mbombela.

Neil Diamond has a strong business background and is well experienced in ICT and Real Estate. As a former Alderman of the Ekurhuleni Metro Diamond served in several positions in local government and has vast experience in Service delivery, Municipal Finance Management, Revenue Enhancement, Supply Chain Management and various Strategies for Local Government. His top achievement was as Chairman of Finance at Ekurhuleni Metro (2011 – 2015), Diamond spearheaded the Operation Clean Audit (OPCA), that resulted in Ekurhuleni achieving two consecutive Clean Audits from the AG in 2014 and 2015. Diamond was also instrumental in taking Ekurhuleni from a Baa2 credit rating (2013) to a Aaa1 credit rating (2016) under his financial leadership.

Neil Diamond plans to use his experience and capacity to improve the lives of the residents of Mbombela. This will be achieved by creating an enabling environment with prudent financial management, while motivating staff to work collectively at improving service delivery on a people centered basis by putting the needs of the people first.

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