DA announces nominees for Tshwane mayoral candidate

2015-09-02 18:28
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Johannesburg - The Democratic Alliance in Gauteng North has nominated three people for the party's Tshwane mayoral candidate position.

This comes as political parties prepare for next year's local government elections.

The three nominees are councillor Bronwyn Engelbrecht; MPL Solly Msimanga; and councillor Brandon Topham, DA regional leader Fred Nel announced on Wednesday.

The DA was confident that it could win Tshwane in next year's election.

"Under a DA government Tshwane will become a city of opportunity," said Nel.

"It will become a well-governed, corruption-free city that delivers to all residents and that leads when it comes to job creation, attracting investment, innovation and growth."

The three nominees would be interviewed in an electoral college which was set to take place on Friday.

The panel for the interviews would be made up of representatives from the regional, provincial and federal structures of the party.

DA leader Mmusi Maimane would also be part of the interview panel, said Nel.

At the end of the interviews the person with the highest score would become the party's mayoral candidate.

Who are the three nominees:

- Bronwyn Engelbrecht

Engelbrecht is currently the councillor in Ward 42 in Tshwane and she serves on the municipal public accounts committee.

She joined the world of politics in 2011 after holding a number of senior management positions in the private sector and lecturing before going into business.

- Solly Msimanga:

Msimanga is the DA Gauteng spokesperson on education and economic development and serves on the education and economic development portfolio committees.

He was previously a PR councillor, DA caucus chairperson in the Tshwane metro municipality and chairperson in the region.

He also held a number of senior management positions in the private sector before joining politics.

- Brandon Topham

Topham is the DA Tshwane spokesperson on municipal public accounts in the Tshwane municipal council and was the party's mayoral candidate in the 2011 local government elections.

He is also the DA Gauteng's finance spokesperson.

Topham was previously the DA regional chairperson and Tshwane caucus leader.

He joined politics in 2005 and has held a number of directorships in both public and private companies.

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