Days of blame shifting over, says new Mangaung mayor

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Executive Mayor of Mangaung Metro Municipality (MMM), Mxolisi Siyonzana

The days of shifting the blame in the Mangaung Metro Municipality (MMM), is finally over, said the newly elected Executive Mayor, Mxolisi Siyonzana, during his inauguration at Ramblers Club in Bloemfontein this afternoon.

His inauguration comes about a week after he was elected as mayor. Siyonzana said he has hit the ground running since taking office, tackling some of the problem areas that the city has been struggling with. He repeated his earlier promises to better service delivery and to get the city back to its former glory.

According to him MMM has already started clearing illegal dumping sites around community parks. “I had a meeting with several developers and many have said they want to partner with the MMM to assist in cleaning illegal dumping areas.”

Siyonzana explained that they will be launching the first phase of the controversial, multimillion-rand transport project, Hauweng, on 1 September.

He said after a long period of distress, he can now feel the heartbeat of Mangaung beating at a normal rate. He said that this is the normality that everyone has been yearning for.

Siyonzana added that the task for him in this transition is to bring the people of Mangaung together. “Even though we have seen two executive mayors taking the oath in one term, we remain united.”

According to the newly elected speaker of the MMM, Mapaseka Mothibi-Nkoane, who replaces Siyonzana, the municipality has been bleeding for far too long and is ready for men and women who are willing to serve with diligence, efficiency and humility.

“Today is a day of revitalisation for our institution to outline the plans for the municipality while glimpsing at the future with confidence and hope,” said Mothibi-Nkoane.

Sazly Hartzenberg

sazly@mahareng.co.za