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Mr N Diamond

Municipal Manager



Loretta Thatcher


Office of the Municipal Manager






Deputy Municipal Manager Mr D P Msibi

Neil Diamond joined the City of Mbombela in 2017 as Municipal Manager and with a mandate to implement a turnaround strategy and establish a financially sound local government with a transparent clean administration that delivers quality services to residents and citizens of the City.

Neil Diamond started his career at the City of Ekurhuleni in 2000 and held several senior positions over the years. With over 20 years Local Government experience Neil Diamond is an accomplished Accounting Officer that is well skilled with knowledge and expertise to give strategic leadership for the administration of the City of Mbombela to achieve operational efficiency and organizational effectiveness. He has an advanced understanding of government business operating models, economic development and planning, municipal financial management, business processes and organizational systems to ensure local government deliver quality services to Mbombela residents.

Neil Diamond has a people centred management approach and believes that well motivated employees are central to achieve the goals of the municipality. He has a solid financial management background and ensures that sound financial management and responsible resource allocation is applied to improve service delivery that adhere to legislative compliance. He values inclusivity and public participation as well as stakeholder engagement as core components of his management style to ensure the City is responsive and meet the needs of communities.

The new management structure, financial recovery plan and long term funding model implemented by Neil Diamond in 2017 resulted in the financial turnaround, recovery and stability in the City of Mbombela. Under his leadership management efficiency and financial viability has improved through the optimized use of resources to focus on the core business of economic development, quality service delivery and the reduction of waste.

Neil Diamond is widely regarded as a Local Government turnaround specialist and is well educated in local government management strategies. He holds an Executive MBA in Strategic Management from BSN in the Netherlands and has also completed an advanced certificate in " Leadership in Municipal Governance " at the Wits University School of Governance in South Africa. He has authored academic papers on the subject of strategy and published numerous articles about economic development, 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 has received extensive training in Washington DC, USA on Municipal Finance Management and specialized in PPP Management from the Institute of Public Private Partnership in Arlington, VA.  

Neil Diamond has a strong business background and is well experienced in Information Management and Real Estate. He served in several roles in local government over the years and has vast experience in Economic Development, Public Works, Municipal Services and Municipal Finance Management. His top achievements was as Municipal Manager in the City of Mbombela to deliver the Financial Recovery of the City in 2017 and in the City of Ekurhuleni as Chairman of Finance achieving a Clean Audit Outcome in 2013/14 and 2014/15 issued by the Auditor General. He was also instrumental in taking the City of Ekurhuleni from a Baa2 Moody's credit rating (2013) to a Aaa1 Moody's credit rating (2016) under his financial leadership.

Neil Diamond uses his knowledge, experience and capacity in local government to create accountable, responsible and clean local government to create a better life for all the residents of the City of Mbombela. Neil's management philosophy is to create an enabling environment with prudent financial management while motivating staff to work collectively to improve service delivery on a people-centred basis by putting the needs of the community, residents and citizens first.

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Deputy Municipal Manager Mr S Mhlongo