Salga’s national chairperson ‘a unifier’


The National Chairperson of the South African Local Government Association (Salga), Thabo Manyoni, has been described as a unifier.
The accolade was uttered at a media briefing of the last NEC meeting of Salga, which took place in Bloemfontein. Salga will hold its national conference by the end of the year when the new leadership will be elected.
All provinces across the country will elect Salga’s new provincial leaders, starting with Gauteng. The national conference will be held towards the end of November and the beginning of December, after which the newly elected leaders will be part of the new National Executive Committee (NEC).
Manyoni announced that he can safely say municipalities are ready to provide services.
“We are confident that Salga has played its role to date, in insuring that our municipalities are performing and are also performing a little bit better. The Auditor-General’s reports and other reports are obviously attesting to that fact. We also hope that this trajectory will be sustained, if it is not improved, as we move forward to the year 2022,” he said.
One of the main issues that will be discussed at the national conference is the “2017-2022 Local Government Vision”. The conference will also look into the role Salga plays in the national and international arena.
Manyoni mentioned some of Salga’s duties have been to assist other countries to establish local government structures, particularly on the African continent. He explained that the intention of the “2017-2022 Local Government Vision” is to critically look into Salga’s performance pertaining to various issues.
“These are issues such as Eskom, the Auditor-General, municipal debt and also the dynamics that have been playing out in local government. These matters also include, among others, the sustainability of cities and towns, the Integrated Urban Development Framework, the migration to cities and the mitigation and adaptation pertaining to issues of climate change. Some of the other issues that will be discussed are matters pertaining to human settlements and the movement of people and goods.”
Meanwhile, Salga’s Deputy Chairperson, Mpho Nawo, defined Manyoni as a visionary leader who has unified Salga’s leadership.
Nawo emphasised that the city has changed from what it used to be since Manyoni’s leadership. He explained that the city even received an unqualified audit.
A rather resilient Manyoni felt it a bit inappropriate to respond to the question Voice asked about his experience during his term. He indicated that he didn’t believe in ‘blowing his own horn’.
“Whichever position I have been deployed in, I only tried my level best. I think working along with conviction and making sure that you do your best, particularly for those who are less fortunate, give me satisfaction.” – Refilwe Gaeswe