By Thabo Monyela
TZANEEN: The African National Congress (ANC) Norman Mashabane region’s re-elected chairperson Pule Shayi vows to guard and decisively act on corruption even if it is done by his own fellow leadership.
The 8th Karibu Norman Mashabane Conference was privileged by the address of the ANC and State President Cyril Ramaphosa on Monday.
In his virtual address, Ramaphosa said the organisation needs to deploy comrades who are committed to service delivery and actively guard the interest of the society, not deploy comrades on the basis that they can sloganize.
He further encouraged Shayi’s led administration to exercise accountability and transparacy in particular the tender systems and their costs in their respective municipalities.
During his closing remarks at the Norman Mashabane 8th elective- conference on Monday,21st June 2021, Pule set the bar high for administration and said they will heed President Ramaphosa’s advice to deploy mayors that are of quality leadership and committed in changing the economic fortunes of the local municipalities.
He said the new leadership will look on turning around the economic advantage of the region.
“We applaud the establishment of the Tshwane University of Technology (TUT) campus in Giyani Municipality. Our immediate focus will be to focus on Faculties and Curriculum that are consistent with its competitive advantage to turn around the economic advantages of this region” Pule addressed.
He promised that the ANC’s regional administration will conclude consultation with the Department of Health in renaming Phalaborwa clinics after Dr Basil Khoza who was murdered in 2016.
Shayi further said his dexterous administration will urgently look into the water provision, which include Nandoni, Mametja and Sekororo water projects and completion of all road’s projects in all the municipalities.
The visibly jubilant Chairperson was re-elected uncontested after Greater Letaba Municipality mayor Peter Matlou pulled out of the contestation due to insufficient numbers.
The current Limpopo province – acting SACP Secretary, Goodman Mtileni was elected as the regional Secretary, while Molapisane humbled Greater Tzaneen mayor Maripe Mangena by 191 to 100 votes. Mamanyoba beat his rival Eric Hlungwane by 186 to 105 for the position of deputy Secretary while Blantina Raganya squashed Julia Nyathi for the treasury position.
The Ngobeni surname dominated the REC’s additional list in Sonia, Peter and Odas. Another name which made it into the REC executive is of former Greater Tzaneen mayoress and the current GTM Speaker Dikeledi Mmetle.
The outcomes of this conference is expected result to several overhaul in the executives of most municipalities. It is alleged that the party’s principles dictate that first priority will be afforded to the top 5 officials and additional members.