Gauteng welcomes new MEC

2013-08-14 14:48
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Cape Town - Newly appointed Gauteng Economic Development MEC Mxolisi Eric Xayiya received a warm welcome in the provincial legislature on Wednesday.

Speaker Lindiwe Maseko said they had gained an asset in Xayiya and he would "do justice to the portfolio and take the department to greater heights".

"Xayiya is no stranger to government duties; he has extensive knowledge in local government and provincial government and has served diligently as chairperson in the provincial legislature," she said in a statement.

"We wish him well in his endeavours and success, and we have the utmost faith that he will hit the ground running."

Xayiya was appointed on Tuesday to replace Nkosiphendule Kholisile, who died in a recent car accident.

He was previously chairperson of the road and transport sub-committee in the Gauteng legislature and is currently a member of the Oversight Committee on the Office of the Premier in the Legislature (Ocpol).

The Congress of the People (Cope) in the legislature seemed less optimistic about Xayiya's abilities to do the job.

"Truthfully, Xayiya simply does not have a strong background in economics, as his predecessor, the late MEC Nkosiphendule Kolisile," said Cope whip Hermne Koorts.

"To lead the province in a department and its agencies where job creation and economic growth is the responsibility of the ruling party, one needs expertise, academic knowledge, as well as managerial and leadership skills and charisma."

Cope said it held "nervous reservation" about his ability to lead.

"We expect proactive leadership and accountability from MEC Xayiya and allow him the opportunity to silence critics by proving himself worthy of taking office.

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