All the coast’s mayors

2011-05-31 00:00

THE African National Congress announced its mayors for Ugu District and its six local municipalities at its offices yesterday.

ANC South Coast regional secretary Mzwandile Mkhwanazi said the selection process was not easy as they had to consider gender equality, race and experience.

Mkhwanazi said these issues could not be addressed 100%, with Ezinqoleni local municipality being the most problematic municipality because of its size. The municipality has only a mayor and no deputy or speaker and fewer than 10 councillors, including the opposition. Amon Mpisi retained his mayoral position in Ezinqoleni.

Ugu District Municipality’s former first citizen, Sthembiso Cele, has been redeployed to the council chambers as the speaker, making way for Ntombifikile Gumede, the former mayor of Umdoni for two consecutive terms.

Siyabonga Khwela took over the reigns at Umdoni.

Former Ugu deputy mayor Nomusa Mqwebu is now the first citizen of the Hibiscus Coast Municipality, taking over from Nolwazi Shusha, who has been made an executive committee member.

Thabani Dube replaces Busisiwe Duma at Vulamehlo. Duma will remain an active member of the ANC.

In Umuziwabantu Municipality Abednigo Nngubo is succeeded as Mayor by Dixie Nciki. Nngubo is now council speaker.

Mkhwanazi said a factor taken into account during the selection was the balance of candidates according to race, gender and experience.

“It was a gruelling process, making the selection, because all these comrades have what it takes to lead these municipalities.

“Because of our commitment to adhering to the constitution we have had to sacrifice some of the comrades.”

In the case of the district, he said, Sthembiso Cele would still use his experience as the council speaker.

“All these comrades have served their terms with honesty and dignity. They still have a mammoth task of pushing forward the processes of service delivery to the people who have shown confidence in us as the ANC,” said Mkhwanazi.

Hibiscus Coast mayor-elect Nomsa Mqwebu said her focus will be existing projects such as the Margate Airport, Port Shepstone beach and the housing development in the six Amakhosi administrative areas under the municipality.

“The [Margate] airport will be of benefit for both the Eastern Cape and KZN citizens. In the Amakhosi areas we are building 1 000 houses each so I’ll make it my mission to see that project through,” said Mqwebu.

Her counterpart, Ugu District mayor-elect Gumede, comes in with two terms of experience as mayor. She said Ugu has done tremendously well.

Gumede said, “I’m coming in to serve in a team because I believe in collective work relationships. I don’t see Ugu as being superior to the local municipalities, but as part of the team working towards service delivery.”

She said she would not like to see her councillors interfering with the administration of the municipality.

“It becomes chaos when you have councillors and mayors getting entangled in administration issues, including tender procurement. We were and still are aware of the corruption and nepotism allegations … now is the time that we work towards putting the house in order,” said Gumede.

The mayors will be officially sworn in at the Civic Hall at 10 am today.

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