Msimanga announces 'most diverse' mayoral committee

2016-08-26 13:39
Solly Msimanga. (Karabo Ngoepe, News24)

Solly Msimanga. (Karabo Ngoepe, News24)

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Pretoria - The new Tshwane council is the "most diverse" the city has ever seen, DA mayor Solly Msimanga said on Friday.

"I'm proud to have selected a team of South Africans fit and ready to serve the people of Tshwane and ready to bring the change that Tshwane so desperately needs. The enormous task of turning around the city, getting the finances right, creating jobs, delivering better services and cutting corruption will form the core mandate of my new mayoral committee," Msimanga told reporters on Friday.

"This is the most diverse mayoral committee that the capital has ever seen and I challenge anyone to prove me otherwise."

Msimanga said the team, which was chosen after "careful consideration", was the "most dynamic Tshwane has ever seen and will hit the ground running".

His announcement comes amid strong criticism from the ANC in Tshwane which claimed the mayoral committee was too white. The party's regional leadership released a statement saying it noted the announcement of the metro's mayoral committee with disgust and dismay.

Spokesperson Tebogo Joala said Msimanga proved that "while he holds an executive mayor position, he is but a puppet of white masters within the Democratic Alliance".

"Msimanga appointed five white males out of ten available mayoral committee positions, with only two black Africans and three females. This composition undermines and reverses the great transformation agenda that is underpinned by racial and gender equity which the ANC-led government had already consolidated. Tshwane residents have been gravely short-changed and deceived by the DA black faces of Msimanga and Maimane," he said.

The new Tshwane leadership. (Karabo Ngoepe, News24)

High expectations

A briefing that was scheduled for the announcement was postponed earlier in the week and only took place on Friday. Msimanga announced the names of ten mayoral committee members joining the council speaker, the chief whip along and himself as mayor to complete the mayoral committee that will consist of 13 members.

He announced Darryl Moss as the MMC for infrastructure, Randall Willams for economic development, Sheila Senkugube for roads and transport, Mike Mkhari for agriculture and environment, Mandla Nkomo for human settlements, Ntsiki Mokhoto for sports recreation, arts and culture, Sakkie Du Plooy for health and social development, Derek Kissundooth for community safety, Mari-Lise Fourie for finance and Cilliers Brink will be in charge of corporate services.

Msimanga said he had had a series of interviews, consultations and discussions over the past six days to decide on the appointments.

"These are not appointments that were taken very lightly. I have a high expectation of the team that I'm presenting today.

"There is no time to rest; we must hit the ground running. I have said to them that we will hold them to the highest standards that we are holding all our officials where we govern," adding that the party prides itself on running clean governments.

Msimanga said the mayoral team was also a reflection of the multi-party government that the DA is leading in the city.

"The mayoral committee showcases the multi-party nature of this DA-led government. We welcome mayoral committee members from the parties we have formed the multi-party government with and as I have said, we will be charging them to deliver to the people with the same enthusiasm, quality and vigour that we expect of our public representatives," he said. 

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