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Papiyana ready to take up any role


New Enoch Mgijima Local Municipali­ty (EMLM) councillor Madoda Papiyana, who was sworn in recently, says he will take on any role the political leadership of the council deems fit for him.

This follows after the ANC regional leadership thought it wise to deploy Papiyana to fill the vacancy created by the resignatio­n of former councillor Sibusiso Mvana, who served as the integrated planning and economic developmen­t portfolio head of EMLM.

Papiyana said: “As a discipline­d member of the organisati­on, I will never question the wisdom of the collective and I am always willing to assume any responsibi­lities [if] the leadership feels I am ideal to perform the task.”

Papiyana is also the deputy secretary of the ANC Chris Hani region and served as the former chief whip of Chris Hani before he resigned and took office last Wednesday.

He is yet to be formally introduced to the council as he said he could attend the last council meeting due to other commitment­s.

Papiyana said he was excited about the position.

“I am elated and honoured at the confidence the organisati­on I serve placed in me, to deploy me in such a critical position, to serve the people of Enoch Mgijima in government.”

He added that the role was not entirely new to him as he has served in the Intsika Yethu and Chris Hani municipali­ties.

Papiyana also shared his view on Enoch Mgijima being placed under the National Cabinet Representa­tive (NCR).

He said as a councillor he was willing to work with the NCR team for their work to bear fruit in the government institutio­n.

“The decision was a cabinet decision and has to be supported.

“Obviously, all decisions are subject to regular reviews,” he said.

There has been some speculatio­n about him being set to take over as the new mayor of EMLM.

In response, Papiyana reiterated: “I will assume any role and accept any responsibi­lity the leadership may assign to me.”

He said he believed that prioritisi­ng the functions of the municipali­ty, and focusing on basic services, was the best way to improve service delivery in the municipali­ty.

This could only be possible with stakeholde­rs all pulling together in the same direction, he said.

 ?? Picture: SUPPLIED ?? READY AND ABLE: Madoda Papiyana has been sworn in as an Enoch Mgijima Local Municipali­ty councillor.
Picture: SUPPLIED READY AND ABLE: Madoda Papiyana has been sworn in as an Enoch Mgijima Local Municipali­ty councillor.

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