19 August 2016 - Following the outcomes of the 2016 Local Government Elections which took place on the 03rd August 2016. Emfuleni Local Municipality has a new Mayoral Committee and Council. New Councillors were sworn-in at the municipality’s inaugural Council Sitting which took place on Wednesday, 17th August 2016 at the Vereeniging City hall.
Delivering his acceptance speech after Council formally elected him as the Executive Mayor of Emfuleni Local Municipality, Cllr. Mahole Mofokeng bade farewell to outgoing Councillors and also took the time to welcome Councillors who constitute the new Council of the five year term 2016- 2021.
Introducing the new Mayoral Committee, Mayor Mofokeng said, “ I would like to thank the people and my party, the ANC for affording me the honour and privilege of being at the helm of this institution for the next five years. I am proud to introduce a new-look mayoral committee, a team of MMCs I would be working with in this new term of office.”
Emfuleni Local Municipality Mayoral Committee: These capable Councillors are: Robert Thema [Finance, Revenue and Asset Management], Busisiwe Mncube [Corporate, Governance, IT, Facilities and Fleet Management], Khethiwe Ntombela [Infrastructure Planning and Development], Edwin Kele [Sport, Recreation, Arts and Culture, Library Information Services, Parks and Cemeteries], Penny Sengwatsi [Health and Social Development], Jan Moshoadiba [Human Settlements], Nomvula Thulo [Basic Services], Pius Maseko [Public Safety], Dimakatso Malisa [Environmental Management and Planning], and Thembile Nquba [Agriculture, Local Economic Development, Development Planning and Tourism].
Passing his gratitude to members who served in the previous Mayoral Committee, Mayor Mofokeng said, “I would like to take this opportunity and convey gratitude to Sello Pitso, Eric Tshabalala, Shaka Radebe and Manana Kubheka, who has since passed on. May her soul rest in eternal peace. I thank all of you for your contribution in the last term of Council.”
Mayor Mofokeng also conveyed a special commendation to the former Member of the Mayoral Committee for Health and Development, Nkapu Ranake-Tsoaele, who has served in the Executive of this municipality since the dawn of democracy, for over 20 years. “Her two decades of unbroken service makes her worthy of an accolade which this Council will soon bestow upon her. She leaves council to pursue family interests and we wish this alderman all the best in her future endeavors,” said Mayor Mofokeng.
Mayor Mofokeng committed to working with all Council members including new political parties in Council to work for the interests of all residents of Emfuleni. “I would like to welcome all newly-elected members of this Council, in particular, Councillors whose political parties are elected to form part of this Council for the very first time. Political history coupled with our own experience informs us that opposition parties have a dual role in Councils, to deepen democracy by representing the mandate of their political formations and to rally behind all programs meant to improve the lives of the people,” he said.
The Executive Mayor also used his acceptance speech to unpack service delivery projects the municipality is currently overseeing and implementing in various areas across the municipality. These include the construction of roads and storm-water in Zone 6 Extension 5, Water pipeline from Kwaggasfontein to Johandeo, Nguna Street Zone 7 next to stadium, Sebe Road, Early Childhood Development Centers and the Palm Springs Sports Facility.
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