Expect radical approach in Mpumalanga – David Mabuza

2014-05-29 14:01

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A “radical approach” will be needed to grow the Mpumalanga economy, Premier David Mabuza said in his swearing-in speech.

Mabuza, the first premier of the province to serve a second term, said: “We’ll pay attention to grow small businesses to create jobs.”

Mabuza also promised to pay attention to municipalities and the functioning of the public service. His speech focused on the ANC’s election manifesto promises.

Asked to elaborate on the “radical approach” needed to grow the economy, Mabuza’s spokesperson, Zibonele Mncwango, said he hoped the premier would clarify the statement tomorrow when Mabuza is expected to announce his Cabinet.

It is expected to be an inexperienced executive as most senior ANC members and former MECs in the province were sent to Parliament or left off the candidate lists.

Mabuza’s predecessors – Mathews Phosa (1994 to 1999), Ndaweni Mahlangu (1999 to 2004) and Thabang Makwetla (2004 to 2009) – served only a term each. Political fallouts with ANC presidents and public relations nightmares scuppered their chances.

Phosa went on to establish a business empire and later became ANC treasurer-general under President Jacob Zuma but lost out when Zuma was re-elected in Mangaung.

Makwetla went on to serve as defence and military veterans deputy minister in Zuma’s government. He has been reappointed justice and correctional services deputy minister.

Mahlangu is mayor of the rural Thembisile Hani municipality.

Although the provincial administration and the ANC have been embroiled in scandals under Mabuza’s leadership – service-delivery protests, political murders and rampant corruption – he has once again succeeded when some had written him off.

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