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Newcastle Municipality’s initial council meeting has taken place, and the town’s leadership has been officially announced.
Political parties gathered outside the Farmers Hall council chambers on Monday morning, 22 November 2021, with a sense of eagerness, holding last-minute consultations and planning.
Acting Municipal Manager Vish Govender addressed the guests, councillors, and municipal officials, complimenting the outgoing councillors for their persistence and service to the community.
Looking at the freshly elected councillors, he stressed that they have a monumental task ahead of them, one that will determine whether Newcastle becomes a thriving town or a failed municipality. It was up to them to make the decision.
Newcastle Municipality’s leadership election sees David Xolani Dube of the Inkatha Freedom Party (IFP) as mayor of Newcastle.
Shadrack Musa Thawala of Team Sugar South Africa (TSSA) is now the Deputy Mayor.
Cllr Thengi Zulu of the Inkatha Freedom Party is the new Newcastle Municipal Speaker, and ActionSA’s Faizel Cassim will join him as the Municipal Chief Whip.
The Executive Committee will be three ANC members, three IFP officials, and one representative from TSSA, EFF and DA.
The following political parties will make the Municipal Public Accounts Committee (Mpac):
- The African National Congress (ANC) has four members.
- IFP – 4 people
- DA – 1 person
- 1 member of ActionSA
- Two members from the EFF
- TSSA – a single representative
The chairperson of Mpac will be Bebsie Cronje.
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