Buy­eye: Ser­vice de­liv­ery our pri­or­ity

Weekend Post (South Africa) - - News - Siyam­tanda Capa ca­pas@ti­soblac­star.co.za

The deputy mayor of the Nel­son Man­dela Bay mu­nic­i­pal­ity, Th­sonono Buy­eye, has cited the “trans­for­ma­tion agenda” as one of his key pri­or­i­ties in his new role.

Buy­eye who is the African In­de­pen­dent Congress’s only coun­cil­lor in the Bay, said meet­ings with se­nior man­agers had re­vealed that the city’s top man­age­ment was a boys’ choir.

In an in­ter­view with Week­end Post, Buy­eye ad­mit­ted that he had hoped to head up a ser­vice de­liv­ery-ori­en­tated de­part­ment dur­ing the ne­go­ti­a­tions lead­ing up to the Au­gust 27 coun­cil meet­ing where he was elected along with the other new lead­er­ship.

Buy­eye said be­com­ing deputy mayor had not been part of the plan and had come as a sur­prise.

How­ever, he felt he could make an even big­ger con­tri­bu­tion to Bay com­mu­ni­ties.

“Be­ing in govern­ment did not come as a sur­prise; we al­ways knew that it was just a mat­ter of time.

“As­sum­ing the po­si­tion of deputy mayor wasn’t part of the plan.

“It’s some­thing that just came out of the ne­go­ti­a­tions but the sit­u­a­tion changed and here we are now.”

Buy­eye said his party had hoped to be vis­i­ble to res­i­dents in solv­ing ser­vice de­liv­ery-re­lated mat­ters.

“My party wanted me to fo­cus on mak­ing sure that ser­vice goes to peo­ple and peo­ple need to see us there among them, not just sit­ting in some of­fice.”

He said the plat­form would, how­ever, give him the op­por­tu­nity to con­tribute to more than one de­part­ment.

“Ini­tially I thought the po­si­tion of deputy mayor was cer­e­mo­nial, which en­tails cut­ting rib­bons and step­ping in when the mayor is not there.

“I had to dig and find out what the po­si­tion is about. But I learnt that this is a strate­gic po­si­tion.”

He said that his other du­ties in­cluded en­sur­ing that all com­pe­ten­cies that fell un­der the chief op­er­at­ing of­fi­cer ran smoothly.

These in­clude the In­te­grated Devel­op­ment Plan and bud­get re­view meet­ings.

Asked if the work he had gained from join­ing the new coali­tion in the Bay had taken time away from his causes, in­clud­ing the AIC’s in­ten­tion to have Matatiele in­cor­po­rated into KwaZulu-Natal, Buy­eye said they would use other meth­ods to achieve their goal.

“We felt like we had to com­pro­mise and we un­der­stand that the is­sue of Matatiele can be won even with­out in­clud­ing Nel­son Man­dela Bay.

“That is why we have the full en­dorse­ment of the AIC about our po­si­tion but we have not changed our stance on Matatiele,” Buy­eye said.

Pub­lic health port­fo­lio head Yolisa Pali, eco­nomic devel­op­ment po­lit­i­cal head Queeni Pink, sports re­cre­ation, arts & cul­ture port­fo­lio head Lehlo­honolo Mfana de­clined to be in­ter­viewed, while speaker Buyelwa Mafaya, head of safety & se­cu­rity, and roads & trans­port port­fo­lio head Rose Daa­minds were un­avail­able.

REACH­ING OUT: Deputy mayor Th­sonono Buy­eye

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