National 26.8.2016 12:43 pm

These are Tshwane’s new MMCs

Tshwane Mayor Solly Msimanga (centre) poses with the Tshwane Speaker Katlego Matheba (front left) and Chief Whip Christian van den Heever (front right) alongside his other appointed Members of the Mayoral Council, 26 August 2016, at the Council Chambers in Centurion. Picture: Michel Bega

Tshwane Mayor Solly Msimanga (centre) poses with the Tshwane Speaker Katlego Matheba (front left) and Chief Whip Christian van den Heever (front right) alongside his other appointed Members of the Mayoral Council, 26 August 2016, at the Council Chambers in Centurion. Picture: Michel Bega

Msimanga says this is the most diverse mayoral committee the capital has seen.

There is no time to rest, and we must hit the ground running, newly elected Tshwane Mayor Solly Msimanga told his newly elected mayoral committee on Friday morning.

Msimanga said they had an 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 the mayor’s new team,” he told reporters at Tshwane’s offices in Centurion.

He said the 10 mayoral committee portfolio members joined the council speaker and chief whip along with Msimanga. They are MMC for Infrastructure – Darryl Moss, for Economic Development – Randall Williams, for Roads and Transport – Sheila Senkugube, for Agriculture and Environment – Mike Mkhari, for Human Settlements – Mandla Nomo, for SRAC Nstiki Mokhotho, for Health and social Development – Sakkie Du Plooy (FF)+, for Community Safety Derek Kissundooth (ACDP), for Finance – Mari-Lise Fourie and for Corporate Services – Cilliers Brink.

“I held a series of interviews, consultations and discussions over the past six days to decide on these appointments and I have high expectations for the team selected,” Msimanga added.

He said his team was fit and ready to serve the people and ready to bring the change Tshwane needed.

Nkomo said one of the big challenges he was facing was land invasions and illegal occupation of houses.

“We need to understand, sometimes, people are so desperate to have their own places. We are going to make sure we formalise informal settlements  by providing basic services such as electricity and water.

He also added that they could not afford to have houses standing empty and that one of his first challenges was to ensure that these houses, such as the ones in Mamelodi and Nellmapius, were allocated to their rightful owners as soon as possible.

MMC for Health and Social Development Du Plooy, from the Freedom Front Plus, said among of his first challenges were the children and senior citizens in the city.

“If we get any signs of corruption, we will make sure we do away with it because we must use the taxpayers’ money for what it is intended,”  Du Plooy said.

He said he was happy with his leaders’ decision to form a multiparty local government.

Msimanga said this was the most diverse mayoral committee the capital had seen.

“I am proud to lead this team. We are ready to govern with humility and to listen to the people who voted so that change can bring a better future for all citizens of the capital,” Msimanga said.

Here are Tshwane’s new MMCs:

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