Umvoti Mayor re-elected for second term

2016-08-31 06:00
Newly elected to lead Umvoti - Mayor Councillor Thami Ngubane, Speaker Councillor Wilson Khioza and deputy Mayor Councillor Nomvula Masikane.       Photo:        Ngcebo   Maphanga

Newly elected to lead Umvoti - Mayor Councillor Thami Ngubane, Speaker Councillor Wilson Khioza and deputy Mayor Councillor Nomvula Masikane. Photo: Ngcebo Maphanga

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UMVOTI residents turned out in full force for the inaugural meeting of the newly elected councillors last Tuesday 23 August in Greytown Town Hall.

To cater for the overflow of the public speakers were erected outside for the those in the street.

Following the official confirmation of the results of the local government elections by the IEC with 15 ANC councillors, 11 IFP councillors and one DA, the 14 wards have been abuzz with rumours as to whom would be voted in as mayor, speaker, etc.

Judging from the enormous presence of police and security forces outside and in the meeting, rumours that there had been threats to disrupt proceedings were taken very seriously.

New ANC councillor, Wilson Khoza was elected unopposed as speaker, and called for nominations for the election of the mayor.

The outgoing mayor, Thami Ngubane, was nominated by ANC councillors Pamela Zuma and Zandile Ngema – there were no other nominations.

Councillor Nomvula Masikane, a new PR councillor from Kranskop was elected unopposed as deputy mayor.

The mayor, deputy mayor and speaker took on their positions as full-time.

In terms of the make-up of council the executive committee consists of five members – three ANC and two IFP, as follows: the mayor and deputy mayor, councillor Thule Gwala (ANC), Cllr Hitler Maharaj (IFP) and Councillor Silam Zondi (IFP).

Four councillors were elected to represent Umvoti at the Umzinyathi District Council - Cllr Petros Ngubane (IFP), Cllr MS Yengwa (IFP), Mayor Cllr Thami Ngubane (ANC) and Councillor Siyabonga Hlophe(ANC).

In his acceptance speech speaker Khoza thanked everyone who had contributed to the peaceful election and urged councillors to work diligently and be above petty party politics with service delivery being the priority of every councillor.

In his closing remarks Mayor Ngubane expressed his wish for a stable council that will address the issue of a growing economy, which will be reflective of all the facets of society and said Greytown needed to expand its productivity thus increasing employment opportunities.

The mayor announced he would be calling a public meeting soon to deliver the “State of the Municipality Address” to inform role players of what had already been achieved by the municipality, and their future plans.

STOP PRESS: Police and security are investigating a suspected case of arson following the burning down in the early hours of last Saturday­ of a house in Khomba Road, Enhlalakhale in which Umvoti Mayor Thami Ngubane lived prior to him moving into the municipal mayoral house in Greytown. The mayor was first elected on 20 February, 2015 having been appointed as a PR councillor by the ANC in 2014.

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