Cyril Ramaphosa sets his sights on becoming ‘a mayor in a small town’

If he had things his way, Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa would become the mayor of a small town in Limpopo. He told this to delegates on Tuesday at the South African Local Government Association (Salga) national conference in Sandton.

Ramaphosa affirmed his confidence in councillors elected to lead communities and highlighted the need to change negative public perceptions about the leadership quality at local government level. One of these perceptions is the idea of rampant corruption at local government level.

“No councillor must ever again be a councillor who is regarded as chowing the people’s money. No councillor should be regarded as corrupt,” he said.

Part of changing this narrative will involve councillors learning skills which Ramaphosa believes will help them execute their responsibilities effectively. One of these skills is financial literacy, which the deputy president believes will contribute to the economic development of municipalities.

“We want councillors who are capable, councillors that understand public finances, councillors who are able to interpret the finance minister’s budget and analyse it at the local level,” he said.

The most recent Municipal Audit Report highlighted a number of challenges faced by municipalities including increases in irregular expenditure as well as fruitless and wasteful expenditure. The deputy president stressed to delegates the importance of effective financial management as a means of delivering quality services to citizens.

Before closing off his address, Ramaphosa acknowledged the important role of those working at local government level, and even confessed to envying them. 

“I think you guys have a great job. You have such a great job, my ambition is to become a local councillor and hopefully become a mayor in some small town somewhere in Limpopo,” he said.

While Ramaphosa has ambitions of becoming mayor, others believe he should set his sights on being president instead. He has already been endorsed by the Congress of South African Trade Unions to take over as ANC president next year.

Still Ramaphosa has expressed his enthusiasm at the work done by local government structures and says he looks forward to seeing a vibrant local government dispensation in the country.

Dineo Bendile
Dineo Bendile works from Johannesburg. Political reporter. BLACK. Dineo Bendile has over 2712 followers on Twitter.

South Africa could use a communist party

The SACP is not building socialism, or even social democracy. Sadly, it has become just another party advancing the politics of patronage

Salie-Hlophe accuses Goliath of lying and racism

In response to Goliath’s gross misconduct complaint, Salie-Hlophe says Goliath has ‘an unhealthy obsession with my marriage’

Treasury is still seeking SAA funds

The government has committed an additional R2-billion to the airline, but has yet to pay it out

‘There were no marks on his neck’, Neil Aggett inquest...

The trade unionist’s partner at the time he was detained at John Vorster Square says she now believes his death was not a suicide

Press Releases

Boosting safety for cargo and drivers

The use of a telematics system for fleet vehicles has proved to be an important tool in helping to drive down costs and improve efficiency, says MiX Telematics Africa.

Silencing the guns and firearms amnesty

Silencing the guns and firearms amnesty

Gender-based violence is an affront to our humanity

Gender-based violence is an affront to our humanity

UK-Africa investment summit 2020: Think Africa Invest SA

UK-Africa investment summit 2020: Think Africa Invest SA

MTN unveils TikTok bundles

Customised MTN TikTok data bundles are available to all prepaid customers on *136*2#.

Marketers need to reinvent themselves

Marketing is an exciting discipline, offering the perfect fit for individuals who are equally interested in business, human dynamics and strategic thinking. But the...

Upskill yourself to land your dream job in 2020

If you received admission to an IIE Higher Certificate qualification, once you have graduated, you can articulate to an IIE Diploma and then IIE Bachelor's degree at IIE Rosebank College.

South Africans unsure of what to expect in 2020

Almost half (49%) of South Africans, 15 years and older, agree or strongly agree that they view 2020 with optimism.