New Mpofana mayor aims to attract investment

2014-12-11 00:00

THE Mooi Mpofana Municipality’s new mayor has a tough task on her hands.

The area has been wracked with ­violent unrest and service delivery protests and the previous ANC-led council had been ­dissolved as a result of ­factional battles. Protestors demanded that the previous mayor be fired, resulting in the municipality being placed under administration by the provincial government.

Last week the ANC won all four wards in the Mooi Mpofana by-election.

Maurine Magubane now steps into the breach and will wear the mayorial chain hoping to bring peace and stability to the area. She will also be the municipality’s speaker.

Magubane said she wanted to attract more investment to the area, which has crucial road and rail links.

“I have an agriculture background and we need more investment and input from the agricultural industry.”

Magubane said this would help create jobs and alleviate the plight of the disgruntled — many of whom are unemployed.

“I will work together with civil servants and members of the public to ensure we are committed to our goals.”

Kwa­Zulu-Natal MEC for Agriculture and ­Rural Development Cyril Xaba spoke about the agricultural importance of farming land, including areas in the Mpofana ­Local Municipality.

The ANC’s KZN secretary, Sihle Zikalala, said the disciplined manner with which the newly elected Mooi Mpofana councillors conducted themselves during the election of the new mayor was a sign of maturity and a good catalyst for stability that is required in the municipality.

“The swearing in of new council members at the Mooi Mpofana Municipality opens a new chapter of speedy and people-centred service delivery,” said Zikalala.

“This municipality is very strategic since it is located in an important ­economic nodal point that is a gateway between the province and KwaZulu-Natal and Gauteng. Our councillors therefore have a huge responsibility to capitalise on the comparative and competitive advantage that exists in this municipality in order to turn around its economic fortunes. We expect the councillors to work tirelessly to erase the image of instability that has come to be associated with this municipality,” Zikalala said.

Zikalala said KZN MEC for ­Co-operative Governance and Traditional Affairs Nomusa Dube-Ncube played a significant role to insure that the municipality turns things around.

“We are also pleased that she has also made a commitment to give the municipality all the necessary support.”

Newly elected Mooi Mofana Municipality Mayor Moureen Magubane and the Co-operative Governance and Traditional Affairs MEC Nomusa Dube-Ncube during the Mooi Mpofana Council inauguration yesterday.

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