Business welcomes council shuffle

2011-07-01 00:00

THE Pietermaritzburg Chamber of Business (PCB) has welcomed the decision to reshuffle the Msunduzi Municipality council, which took place on Wednesday during a full council session at the city hall.

PCB president Tinus Havinga said, “The chamber welcomes the intervention of the political leadership, and we applaud the removal of councillors who were part of the executive when Msunduzi collapsed.

“The chamber is pleased that the view of organised business was considered and that our request for continuity was taken into account when the new appointments were made.

“This is evident in the re-appointment of Babu Baijoo as speaker,” Havinga added.

The chamber’s chief executive, Melanie Veness, said: “We feel confident that we now have responsible leadership in place and we call on our new mayor and his executive to engage effectively, to listen and to act decisively and courageously to restore the good standing of our capital city.

“Organised business has always been willing to work with government towards a better city for all, and to that end we pledge active engagement and participation and we commit to helping to restore investor confidence and to ensure economic growth.”

Sibongile Mkhize, leader of the sit-in campaign at the ANC Moses Mabhida regional office also welcomed the reshuffle, saying the ANC realised its mistake of appointing people inconsistently”.

He said the appointment of Thobani Zuma as deputy mayor is still a problem and the sit-in will continue until the entire regional executive council is disbanded.

The municipality has not appointed anyone to the position of chief whip, but rumours are that Truman Magubane will be sworn in as the new chief whip.

The council has yet to announce the next executive committee member. The position became vacant after Babu Baijoo was made speaker, replacing Zonke Mbatha who resigned to become an ordinary councillor.

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