Newly elected City of Tshwane executive mayor Randall Williams has announced the members of the mayoral committee who will be assisting him in steering the city into the right direction.
The DA’s Williams was voted in on Friday by a total of 97 of the 123 councillors who participated in the council meeting.
The election of a new mayor comes as a result of a Supreme Court of Appeal ruling that set aside the dissolution of the Tshwane council by the Gauteng provincial government.
Williams announced his team at the city chambers on Thursday, where he mentioned that they should be “humble representatives to the residents of this city”.
Williams said that the city’s finances were under strain because there was a deficit of R4.4 billion from the last financial year, which ended on June 30 2020.
He mentioned that collection rates were down, the debtors book had increased by more than R5 billion since the DA was removed in March and the overall credit status of the city had been severely weakened after being downgraded.
Williams had already planned to implement several austerity measures to ensure that the city can gradually recover ... and focus on delivering services to residents.
These include completely cutting out catering costs and restricting international travel.
“I intend to immediately begin reviewing and appropriating these budgets to direct them to core service delivery. Travel abroad will only be considered when funded by external partners or donors,” the executive mayor said.
Members of the Mayoral Committee
Mpho Mehlape-Zimu – MMC for Housing and Human Settlements
Mehlape-Zimu entered the world of politics in 2012 by serving as a professional support staff member to the DA.
She has since obtained certifications in the fields of gender, youth and people with disabilities, as well as governance and compliance. She was elected to council in 2017 and became deputy chief whip in 2019.
Sylvester Phokoje – MMC for Corporate and Shared Services
He is a practising advocate and consultant in the fields of human resource development and labour relations and has 40 years experience in human resources.
Thabisile Vilakazi – MMC for Community and Social Development
Vilakazi was sworn in as councillor in 2016. She has served as the chairperson for the Section 79 Oversight Committee for Community and Social Development Services since then.
Karen Meyer – MMC for Community Safety
Meyer was first elected to council in 2000 and served as councillor for the past 20 years in the city.
From 2001 she was the DA spokesperson for community safety right up to 2016 when she was appointed chairperson of the Local Geographical Names Standing Committee.
In February 2019 she was appointed to MMC for Community Safety and she will continue her relentless pursuit for a safer Tshwane.
Sakkie du Plooy – MMC for Health
He was appointed to be the MMC for Health in 2016 until moving to the Community and Social Development Services portfolio in February 2019.
His return to the Health portfolio will see him pick up where he left off.
Mare-Lise Fourie – MMC for Finance
She worked for the City Council of Pretoria from 1970 right up to her departure from the City of Tshwane in 2003.
Fourie entered Council in 2014 and was appointed MMC for Finance in 2016. She will be leading the City’s Financial Turnaround Strategy.
Phillip Nel – MMC for Utilities Services and Regional Operations and Coordination
Nel is a professional engineer with more than 40 years in the private sector, backed by a business leadership degree and a proven record of organisational development.
With the current challenges experienced by both departments, He will be on the frontline in terms of basic service delivery.
Dana Wannenburg – MMC for Environment and Agriculture Management
He was first elected to council in 2000, where he served in various capacities until being appointed MMC for Environment and Agriculture Management in 2019.
Bruce Lee – MMC for Economic Development and Spatial Planning
He was first elected to council in 2011 and served on the Section 79 Oversight Committee for Economic Development and Spatial Planning for several years.
He holds an MBA and political science degree from universities in Taiwan and Hong Kong. Lee has managed and runs several businesses in the manufacturing and export sector in the Southern African region.
Dikeledi Selowa – MMC for Roads and Transport
Selowa was first elected to the council in 2016 and appointed chairperson of the Section 79 Oversight Committee for Utility Services.
She holds several certifications on monitoring and evaluation in the public sector, governance excellence and local government legislation.