The SALGA Women’s Commission (SWC) Lekgotla took place at the Indaba Auditorium, in Mangaung, Bloemfontein, on Thursday 7 September 2017. The term of office for the Provincial Chapter of the SWC, which was established in 2014, had officially ceased after August 2016, making it necessary to elect new leadership.
Salga Free State provincial Chairperson and Mangaung Executive Mayor, Olly Mlamleli, said that female councillors took time to discuss women and gender politics during the Lekgotla. “The mission of the women’s commission is to ensure that we are pushing the agenda of women development in the country,” said Mlamleli.
The SWC Lekgotla elected the following councillors as representatives of various districts: Councillor Oumix Oliphant from Fezile Dabi District; Councillor Koba Magomo from Lejweleputswa District; Councillor Roseline Zwane from Thabo Mofutsanyana District; Councillor Irene Mahlomekhulu from Xhariep District; Councillor Matebello Ratsiu from Mangaung Metro and Councillor Tshidi Koloi from the Provincial Commissioner.
Mlamleli added that the function of the elected women councillors is to go back to the districts so that they can prepare the women for nominations of chairpersons for their caucuses. “It is our responsibility to make sure that we help women in municipalities organise themselves as the leadership, and they are also expected to push the agenda of women development.”
She reiterated that they will soon be engaging women in the province who work in various sectors, including construction, energy, mining, industrialisation and manufacturing. “We will do this as a way for us to come together and see what we can do for them as municipalities. We don’t promise anybody anything but coming together, we will be sharing ideas and information for the improvement and development of women development in our municipalities.”
It was resolved that the new leadership will arrange a special gathering to consider the revised terms of reference as well as develop a programme of action to be pursued during this term.
– Seithati Semenokane