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Councillor Momelezi Mbedla has been elected the new Matatiele Local Municipality mayor.
Mbedla was nominated on Wednesday at the first inaugural council meeting to elect the new mayor.
The sitting follows the fifth local government elections held earlier this month.
Cllr Nomasomi Mshuqwana was elected speaker and Cllr Sonwabile Mngenela, chief whip.
Mbedla assured the residents of Matatiele that the municipality will attend to the challenges facing the communities within his first 100 days in office those being electricity, water, roads and speedy service delivery.
Taking forward the agenda of improving the general living standards of Matatiele residents, Mbedla said the municipality and the collective leadership, both institutionally and organisationally, will visit all traditional councils and meet stakeholders to ensure that in the next five years they work together to ensure that services are reffectively and efficiently rendered.
“We have to ensure that through our collective effort our communities will see a marked improvement in their living standards and conditions.
“We will also work tirelessly to improve relations between the management and staff of Matatiele Local Municipality to ensure that everyone understands and implements the vision of Matatiele,” said Mbedla.
He further recommitted the municipality to create more job opportunities.
Council further elected executive committee members as follows: Infrastructure Services Department, Cllr Matshepo Setenane, Budget & Treasury Office: Nonzwakazi Ngwanya, Community Services: Sicelo Class Maphasa, Corporate Services: Thembeka Dyantyi, LED: Nomonde Nkukhu, SPU: Shumikazi Mzozoyana, Kenneth Biggs from the Democratic Alliance and Wele Mdolomba from the African Independent Congress.
Cllr Sibongiseni Baba is to ensure that the municipality uses its finances in a proper way and accountability be strengthened when he was elected to head the Municipal Public Accounts Committee (MPAC) and Cllr Iris Maketela was elected the women’s caucus chairperson.
The ANC has 38 councillors, DA has five, AIC has four councillors, EFF has three and the UDM has one.
Public notice: electricity interruption
Note that the electricity supply will be interrupted for all consumers of Railway Station on Tuesday 30 August from 9am to 1pm. The electricity unit will be changing the kiosk. Any inconvenience is regretted, and please regard the electricity as being on during this period.
Inquires to electricity unit manager, Zoyisile Gqamane on 072 157 5869. Your co-operation in this regard is appreciated.
That is all from us for now. Until next time, stay safe and be blessed. Thank you sweet people from sweet Matat, a destination of choice and excellence.