Recalled Middelburg mayor appointed director of GK Steel


He said he accepted the offer by the big Middelburg steel producer soon afterwards.

Ex-Middelburg mayor Mike Masina is now with the private sector and says he is done with active politics.

Masina will now serve as the director of steel producer GK Steel.

He said in his new job he will aim to take GK Steel to greater heights and make sure of the economic development of previously disadvantaged communities.

Masina spoke to journalists this week at the Midway hotel in Middelburg regarding his new job and why he chose to leave his job as councillor at the Steve Tshwete municipality.

He is one of the Mpumalanga mayors who were recalled by the ANC on 18 March 2018.

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Masina told the 013NEWS reporter on Thursday morning this week that he had been told he would be redeployed to serve as the MMC of a department at the Nkangala district municipality but after waiting for almost two months he decided “to weigh other options”.

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“Yes, indeed,” Masina said in a reply to questions when asked whether he had left the council.

“I had the opportunity to weigh other offers that were coming thick and fast,” he said on WhatsApp.

Tsietsi Tolo took over as the new mayor of Middelburg. The ANC said they had to recall Masina because of proper working relations between himself and the Nkangala ANC but Masina rejected this, saying the only relationship between a mayor and the ANC is the ANC caucus.

“I had a revolutionary relationship with the ANC, not a boyfriend-girlfriend relationship,” he told the reporter.

Masina has been at the GK Steel offices since the week began, familiarising himself with the company’s environment.

He said he will remain an ordinary member of the ANC but is “done with active politics”.

“My major mandate is to take the company to greater heights through incubation program that will enable empowerment of previously disadvantaged communities by bringing them into the mainstream economy of the steel industry,” he said.

(edited by ZK)

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