The Overberg District Municipality is pleased to welcome its newly appointed Municipal Manager.
Mr Richard Bosman has, from 1 June 2022, taken over the reins from the previous Acting Municipal Manager, Mr Patrick Oliver, to steer the administrative arm of the municipality.
Mr Bosman, who hails from Wynberg in Cape Town, holds nearly 4 decades of extensive knowledge and experience in local government.
Mr Bosman matriculated at Wynberg High School in 1984. His first job was as a Beach Constable where he was responsible for by-law enforcement and delivering life saving duties for the City of Cape Town. After a few years he developed interest in the legal side, and began studying Law part time through UNISA.
After completing his studies and receiving his law degree, he joined the City of Cape Town’s Legal Department. He was then transferred to the Protective Services Department of the South Peninsula Municipality where he served for a number of years.
In 2002 he joined Overstrand Municipality and was appointed as Director Corporate Services. He left in 2005 and joined Provincial Government from 2006 to 2007.
In 2007 he was appointed as the Director of Community Safety at the Stellenbosch Local Municipality. He then returned to the City of Cape Town in 2008 where he served as the Executive Director of Safety and Security for almost 12 years, achieving great success in improving metro services such as law enforcement, fire and rescue services, traffic and police departments, and grew the Directorate from 2000 people to over 4000 people. He also played an integral part in the development and implementation of the City and Province’s critically important Law Enforcement Advancement Program (LEAP).
Mr Bosman took early retirement in 2021. After 4 months of retirement though, he returned to local government by assisting the Theewaterskloof Municipality for a 6-month period. He was then appointed as Acting Municipal Manager at Bitou Municipality in Plettenberg Bay in December 2021.
Mr Bosman, who played baseball in his younger years, enjoys cycling and reading. His wife has 40 years of service for the City of Cape Town and they have 2 sons who are both currently studying.
“The last 7 months has been a challenging time for the municipality in terms of service continuity and stability. My vision aligns with that of the ODM council. We must ensure that we continue to deliver effective and efficient services, maintain an ethical and corruption free administration, and foster good relations with our local and provincial stakeholders.”
Mr Bosman joins the ODM with a wealth of local government experience. The Council together with the administration extends their warmest wishes to him and trust that he will take the Overberg District Municipality to greater heights.Last published 15 June 2022