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Shedrack Musa Thwala of Team Sugar South Africa (TSSA), Newcastle’s charismatic Deputy Mayor, sits down with the Newcastillian – Online News to discuss his recent election as Deputy Mayor and his future ambitions.
Cllr Thwala says he was ecstatic when TSSA won seven seats in the recent elections, despite TSSA being a new political party. A position that helped him achieve the rank of Deputy mayor due to current coalition agreements with the municipality’s leading political parties.
“Being elected as Deputy Mayor and seeing the community’s support towards TSSA is amazing. Especially when considering TSSA is not selling empty political promises, but rather showing the community that we are there for them.”
Now in his new capacity as a member of the local government, Cllr Thwala is focusing on assisting in implementing much-needed reform in the community.
Additionally, he explains that sanitation is one of the most critical concerns the municipality must address, particularly in areas like Blaauwbosch, Osizweni, and Newcastle’s more rural sections.
In terms of the Newcastle community as a whole, the Deputy Mayor is committed to seeing a turnaround strategy implemented and substantial focus placed on generating an income for the municipality. This is to ensure that the government entity’s financial problems are resolved.
“As the Deputy Mayor, I can begin to look at economic growth alongside the Mayor and other councillors. This is critical because, despite our status as a secondary city, we have far too many vacant properties in the CBD. We need to figure out how to bring in more business.”Deputy Mayor, Shedrack Musa Thwala
Other critical issues that Cllr Thwala believes should be addressed include:
- Local road resurfacing.
- Better town maintenance, with the CBD becoming more aesthetically pleasing.
- Newcastle ratepayers must pay the current tariffs and levies.
He enthuses, “We also need to look at the collection of rates from Newcastle East.”
While there are several impoverished families in the area, Cllr Thwala believes that if a policy can be established that focuses on people who can pay their bills, Newcastle East can help Newcastle West deal with the municipality’s financial problems.
Furthermore, and speaking on municipal involvement in the business arena, he says, “As the Newcastle Municipality, we need to look at local businesses and create relationships with them so that they understand the critical role they play in the community.”
In concluding, Cllr Thwala, a loving husband and doting father of two who grew up in Madadeni, Section 5, says he will do everything he can for the place he calls home.
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