Giyani - The Limpopo ANC on Thursday appointed the former mayor of Greater Giyani Municipality Patrick Hlungwani as the new speaker of the council.This was part of efforts to tackle recent factionalism within the Mopani region, and bring unity in the organisation.ANC regional secretary Baskop Makamu and chairperson Seaparo Seakoti were at loggerheads at the party’s candidate list conference ahead of the August 3 local government elections. Makamu's camp was victorious.Hlungwani was elected on Thursday, at the first meeting of the new council. He was mayor of Greater Giyani Municipality from 2011 until last year. Former speaker Sasavona Mathebula was appointed mayor and Richard Mashali as the chief whip.Hlungwani said he would give his full support to Mathebula and urged the other councillors to do the same.Sasavona urged the new council to unite.“We must put our differences behind us and work together to bring services to the people, especially empowering the youth who are facing a high rate of unemployment,” she said.She called all concerned parties, including pastors, traditional leaders and political parties to work together to rid Giyani of its reputation as an underperforming municipality.Ximoko Party leader Mafakhale Makamu said ANC councillors had to stop forming factions and focus on delivering services.Democratic Alliance leader Richard Shivambu said: “The time for fighting one another is over. We are no longer representing our political parties, but we are all the government of the people now.”- Find everything you need to know about the 2016 Local Government Elections at our News24 Elections site, including the latest news and detailed, interactive maps for how South Africa has voted over the past 3 elections, or download the app for iOS and Android.