The George Municipality is pleased to announce the appointment of Dawie Adonis as the Director of Community Services with effect from 1st May 2023. The Community Services Directorectorate incorporates two components; the environmental services which comprise solid waste, environmental health, refuse removal, street cleaning & ablution, parks & recreation, and sports. The second component of the directorate’s responsibility is community Safety which includes traffic services, law enforcement, fire, rescue and disaster management, anti-land invasion and customer care.
The Malmesbury-born Adonis comes with 39 years of local government experience from various municipalities across the Western Cape and occupied a range of different positions. His first job in local government dates to 1984 as a Housing Clerk for the Malmesbury Municipality, now known as Swartland Municipality and thereafter joined the Saldanha Municipality as Housing Officer in 1988.
In his pursuit of growth and better work opportunities, Adonis joined the management echelon of the local government in 1994 as Town Secretary, of the then-disestablished Caledon Municipality. In 2001, he was appointed Director of Corporate Services at Theewaterskloof Municipality (TWK). He played a pivotal role in the historic amalgamation of seven disestablished municipalities into one and developed an organisational structure without any external support.
Adonis’ vast experience in local government includes serving in different municipalities such as Langeberg Municipality (Ashton, Robertson), Knysna Municipality, Cederberg Municipality and Overberg District Municipality holding various positions from manager of human settlements, Manager of Parks and Recreation, Director of Community Services to Municipal Manager between 2001 to 2023. Adonis’ experience is backed by an Honours Degree in Public Administration and a Diploma in Public Accountability.
“Local government is my passion. I spent my entire working life serving communities. As a senior manager at George Municipality, I will strive to take the Directorate of Community Services to a level of excellence and responsiveness when executing our service delivery mandate,” said Adonis.
Adonis is an ardent motorsport enthusiast and keen golfer in his leisure time. He is married and has two children.