The low­down on Premier Ma­su­alle’s four new­bie MECs

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PREMIER Phu­mulo Ma­su­alle an­nounced a ma­jor shake-up to the pro­vin­cial ex­ec­u­tive on Thurs­day, rop­ing in four new MECs who make their de­but as po­lit­i­cal heads of pro­vin­cial de­part­ments.

We take a look at these new heads and what they have to of­fer:

ý Xo­lile Nqatha – ru­ral de­vel­op­ment and agrar­ian re­form:

Nqatha worked for nine years in the Depart­ment of Land Af­fairs as a re­searcher and for two years in the non-govern­men­tal sec­tor as a com­mu­nity de­vel­op­ment fa­cil­i­ta­tor.

He also served as a pro­vin­cial man­ager for the Dora Ta­mana Co-op­er­a­tive Cen­tre in the Eastern Cape of­fice fo­cus­ing on re­search, pol­icy de­vel­op­ment and co-op­er­a­tive train­ing from Au­gust 2005 to Septem­ber 2009.

He is cur­rently a mem­ber of the Eastern Cape pro­vin­cial leg­is­la­ture as chair­man of the port­fo­lio com­mit­tee on fi­nance and pro­vin­cial ex­pen­di­ture and a mem­ber of the Scopa, health and eco­nomic de­vel­op­ment com­mit­tees.

Nqatha pre­vi­ously worked as an un­der­ground mineworker and as an as­sis­tant at Ama­tola Star Bak­ery from 1988 to 1989.

He de­scribes his ex­pe­ri­ence as one rooted in “com­mu­ni­ca­tions and mar­ket­ing, com­mu­nity de­vel­op­ment, lo­cal gov­ern­ment trans­for­ma­tion, lo­cal eco­nomic de­vel­op­ment, pro­mo­tion of co-op­er­a­tives, fi­nan­cial sec­tor trans­for­ma­tion, so­cial and eco­nomic jus­tice, and land and agrar­ian re­form”.

His area of spe­cial­i­sa­tion and keen in­ter­est over the last three years has been on co-op­er­a­tives and al­ter­na­tive eco­nomic trans­for­ma­tion in line with the im­per­a­tive of so­cial and eco­nomic jus­tice.

Nqatha is do­ing an MPA (Masters in Pub­lic Ad­min­is­tra­tion) at the Uni­ver­sity of Fort Hare. ý Os­car Mabuyane – fi­nance: Mabuyane’s ap­point­ment to the pro­vin­cial ex­ec­u­tive comes after he took over the ANC pro­vin­cial chair­man­ship last year, de­feat­ing Ma­su­alle in the East Lon­don ICC con­fer­ence.

It was in ma­tric that Mabuyane showed that he was in a league of his own, pass­ing his fi­nal ex­ams with fly­ing colours de­spite there be­ing no science lab to con­duct ex­per­i­ments at his high school in Sharpeville in Gaut­eng.

He left his fam­ily home in Ng­cobo to join his fa­ther in Carl­tonville so that he could get odd jobs in Jo­han­nes­burg. He was forced to take a two-year gap year after ma­tric­u­lat­ing with ex­emp­tion in 1995, as his fam­ily could not af­ford to send him to uni­ver­sity. He was 22 when he en­rolled for his BCom in Eco­nom­ics at the Uni­ver­sity of Fort Hare (UFH) in 1997.

It was in Alice where he re­alised his pas­sion for help­ing the needy, after be­ing elected to the stu­dent rep­re­sen­ta­tive coun­cil as pres­i­dent.

From grad­u­at­ing with an eco­nom­ics de­gree, then eco­nomic af­fairs MEC Enoch Godong­wana head-hunted Mabuyane to work as a chief-of-staff in his of­fice in Bhisho. Godong­wana was then MEC of tourism, eco­nomic af­fairs and fi­nance.

Mabuyane’s po­lit­i­cal star con- tin­ued to shine in the ranks of the ANC Youth League un­til he was el­e­vated to be­come the pro­vin­cial sec­re­tary of the par­ent body in 2009, serv­ing two terms be­fore reach­ing the top last year as pro­vin­cial chair­man of the ANC.

ý Mlungisi Mvoko – hu­man set­tle­ments:

This teacher by pro­fes­sion who served in New Ed­u­ca­tion South Africa was in­stru­men­tal in the es­tab­lish­ment of the South African Demo­cratic Teach­ers’ Union in the 90s.

The 59-year-old Mvoko was elected the ANC re­gional chair in Sarah Baart­man a record-break­ing three times in 2006, 2012 and 2015 be­fore pro­gress­ing to be­ing the ANC deputy pro­vin­cial chair­man last year

Born in Som­er­set East, Mvoko in 2000 traded teach­ing to be the Sarah Baart­man, then Ca­cadu, dis­trict mayor where he served two terms un­til 2011.

ý Bulelwa Tun­y­iswa – sport, re­cre­ation, arts and cul­ture:

Tun­y­iswa had been serv­ing as the Bhisho leg­is­la­ture deputy speaker be­fore her ap­point­ment as MEC on Thurs­day.

She was born in Mid­dledrift in 1962 and grad­u­ated from the Uni­ver­sity of the West­ern Cape with her first de­gree.

She went on to com­plete her mas­ter’s in pub­lic ad­min­is­tra­tion at UFH. She is a for­mer teacher and Sadtu and Cosatu ac­tivist, which is where she honed her po­lit­i­cal prow­ess. Tun­y­iswa is a for­mer youth and stu­dent ac­tivist and served in the SA Com­mu­nist Party cen­tral com­mit­tee for two terms.

OS­CAR MABUYANE

XO­LILE NQATHA

MLUNGISI MVOKO

BULELWA TUN­Y­ISWA

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