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'It's like coming back home'

By unknown | Aug 03, 2007 | COMMENTS [ 0 ]

Frank Maponya

Frank Maponya

A "new broom" is set to sweep the Aganang municipality in Limpopo clean following the appointment of Ramakuntwane Selepe as municipal manager.

Selepe, 36, takes over from Stanley Langa, who was fired by the council last July. Langa was found guilty of sexual harassment and dismissed during an internal hearing.

He had allegedly solicited sex from a female official in exchange for extending her contract as an IT officer at the municipality.

The municipality has also been embroiled in controversy following allegations of corruption and nepotism.

Aganang is regarded as one of the poorest municipalities in the province in terms of development.

But Selepe is determined to turn the fortunes of the municipality around and change people's lives for the better. He has experience in municipal administration, and holds a BA degree in political science and English, and an honours degree in political science from the University of Limpopo.

He was an administrator in the Moletjie constituency office of the ANC before joining the provincial legislature as committee researcher attached to the local government and public administration portfolio committee between 1996 and 1999.

He then joined the South African Local Government Association as policy researcher in Pretoria from 1999 to 2001.

"That is when I was exposed to local government administration and legislation. I am looking forward to a productive career at the municipality with excitement, enthusiasm and commitment. I was an activist here. I am fully aware of the challenges." said Selepe.

Selepe said joining the municipality was like coming back home.

Mayor Manoko Masehela described Selepe as an open-minded and results-driven person.


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