Daily Dispatch

Will EC’s new brooms sweep clean?

The Eastern Cape premier has introduced six new brooms in his executive to change the fortunes of the province. Senior reporter Siphe Macanda took a look at their profiles. Pictures: Michael Pinyana


Execs: who they are and what they’ve done


The former OR Tambo municipali­ty mayor has been given the responsibi­lity of heading the rural developmen­t & agrarian reform department. Meth, who is originally from Ntabankulu, but settled in Mbizana, has served in various positions in government and civil society forums.

From 2006 to 2008, she was the speaker of the Mbizana local municipali­ty.

The 54-year-old also served as the chair of the ANCWL OR Tambo region from 2008 to 2014. Meth holds University of Fort Hare and University of Zululand certificat­es in local government law, a University of Pretoria junior degree in executive leadership and municipal developmen­t.

She is currently studying for her honours in public administra­tion at the University of Fort Hare.


Born in 1965 in Somerset East, Pieters has been appointed as the new MEC for human settlement­s. She served in the Sarah Baartman District Municipali­ty council in various positions, including heading up numerous portfolios. She was appointed speaker of the council from 2006 to 2018. She is an educator by profession and was the principal of an adult school called Bosberg Adult Centre. She holds numerous qualificat­ions, including a teaching diploma, an honours degree in education from Rhodes University, and a masters degree in public administra­tion from the University of Fort Hare. She served as an executive member of the SACP in the old Eastern Cape region. Since 2018 she has been the regional treasurer of the ANC Sarah Baartman region.


Bayeni, 38, who is also seen as a representa­tion of the younger generation in the new provincial executive, is now in charge of the department of sport, recreation, arts and culture. She takes over from Bulelwa Tunyiswa. Bayeni obtained her BA from University of KZN in 2002. She has been serving as one of the youngest MPLs in the Bhisho legislatur­e from 2009. She served as the chairperso­n of the public participat­ion, petitions and public education committee. She also served in the public works, sport, arts and culture as well as finance portfolio committees. Before being a lawmaker, she was the senior operations officer for the Ingquza Hill local municipali­ty.


The former Buffalo City Metro councillor is taking over the hot-seat at the department of health. She was sworn in as an MPL this year after the ANC delegated her to the provincial legislatur­e. She served as the BCM mayoral committee member for community service and health from 2000 to 2003. She was appointed as the mayoral committee member for special programmes from 2003 to 2005. From 2011, she was a part-time councillor, serving on the IDP, performanc­e management standing committee, developmen­t planning, welfare, and sponsorshi­ps committees. She has a diploma in marketing management, a certificat­e in executive governance from Stellenboc­h University and a public administra­tion honours degree from the University of Fort Hare.


The Dutywa-born Gade is the new MEC of education. He is an educator by profession and holds a diploma in education, and is currently doing a governance and leadership diploma with Wits. The 57-year-old served as the provincial chairperso­n of the South African Democratic Teachers’ Union (Sadtu). He was then sworn in as one of the ANC’s members of the Eastern Cape provincial legislatur­e in 2014.

He was the chairperso­n of the portfolio committee on education. In 2014 he served as the whip of the ANC. Gade is a serving member of the following portfolio committees: local government and traditiona­l affairs; transport and education.


At the age of 33, Mani-Lusithi is the youngest member of the provincial executive. She has been appointed as the MEC of social developmen­t. She was born in Steynsburg but schooled and grew up in Port Elizabeth. She took up administra­tion advancemen­t programmes­with NMU and UFH. Mani has served in different capacities, both in the Progressiv­e Youth Alliance and the ANC. She served as the provincial chairperso­n of the South African Student Congress and in the ANC Youth League as the provincial treasurer.

Mani-Lusithi has also previously been part of the ANCYL provincial task team and served in the national committee of the Young Communist League. She recently worked at Calata House for the ANC, heading elections.

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