New council pledges to serve community

Mr Million Shongwe, Ms Thulisile Khoza and Mr Simon Mabuza look forward to a new term of working together to lead the council of Nkomazi Local Municipality.

JEPPES REEF –  The first council meeting of the new five-year term, following the recent municipal elections, took place at the Jeppes Reef Community Hall, with several government officials, as well as members of the public in attendance.

Both the ANC and EFF were represented by supporters dressed in party colours who cheered loudly for their councillors.

The ANC won 54 seats in council, the EFF seven and the DA four.

Mr Million Shongwe was elected as the new speaker. Chief whip, Mr Simon Mabuza and mayor, Ms Thuli Khoza were elected to their old positions.

Khoza announced the members of the mayoral council, five trusted colleagues who will help her in her mission to lead the municipality:

• Budget and treasury – Mr Solomon Mahlalela

• Corporate services – Ms Zandile Shungube

• Planning and development – Ms Phindlile Magagula

• Community services – Ms Sphiwe Mashele

• Infrastructure development – Mr Phil Mziyako.

The newly sworn-in councillors had the opportunity to vote for their colleagues who will represent the municipality at district level. The EFF won two seats, while the ANC has seven.

The mayor spoke to Corridor Gazette about her re-election and plans for the next five years.

Khoza stated that she was very grateful to her party and councillors for their support and trust. “I never thought that this would happen. It shows that people saw what I have done and believe that I deserve another chance,” she stated.

The councillor pledged to work with her colleagues and consult with them, stating that she could not do things alone.

Khoza has been part of the Nkomazi Local Municipality since 2000 and says she has confidence in the members of the mayoral council.

“I’ve worked with them and know their capabilities and I hope that they will deliver on the people’s expectations.”

To the question whether there is something she wants to do differently in her second term, the mayor stated that she was learning every day and that things were different compared to the previous term.

“We now have opposition we’ve never had before – the EFF. We will be working with them, since we are all councillors and scouting for new information every day in order to create a new strategy so that we can work progressively.”

Read about the municipality’s plans for the budget in the next five years, here.

  AUTHOR
Retha Nel

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