Refilwe Mtsweni to lead Healthy Walk in Kwaggafontein’s Women’s Month celebration

The theme is: “100 Years of Albertina Sisulu… Woman of Fortitude. Women United In Moving South Africa Forward”.

The Women’s Month celebration at the Kwaggafontein stadium this Saturday will begin with a Healthy Walk before Premier Refilwe Mtsweni addresses the gathering.

She will lead the walk together with arts and culture MEC Thandi Shongwe and Kwaggafontein mayor Nomsa Mtsweni.

Mstweni’s keynote address is expected to touch on the issue of gender-based violence and ways to fight the scourge.

The Women's Month celebration at the Kwaggafontein stadium this Saturday will begin with a Healthy Walk before Premier Refilwe Mtsweni addresses the gathering.

She will also highlight ways of bringing about women economic empowerment in the province as well as promoting a healthy lifestyle.

The theme is ‘100 Years of Albertina Sisulu: Woman of Fortitude. Women United In Moving South Africa Forward’.

Arts and culture spokeswoman Sibongile Nkosi said later Refilwe, Nomsa, Shongwe and other MECs will hand over “social relief items”, which will include furnished houses.

“Our aim as a government is to impact the lives of women from all walks of life through a variety of programmes,” Nkosi said.

“It will not only commemorate, celebrate and connect women with the stories of their past but will also open up opportunities for a better future, advancing their course towards socio-economic empowerment,” she said.

The platform will be used to condemn the recent spate of violence against women, Nkosi added.

“The Premier will deliver a keynote address, while Zahara, Bathabile and local artists will provide entertainment,” she said.

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Thandi Shongwe becomes MEC in Mtsweni cabinet realignment

Mtsweni began announcing a realignment of her cabinet soon after being elected the new Premier of Mpumalanga.

Mpumalanga legislature speaker Thandi Shongwe is now an MEC…

Shongwe became an MEC on Tuesday (20 Mar) this week following the election of Refilwe Mtsweni as the new Premier of Mpumalanga.

Violet Siwela, who was deputy speaker, will now become the new speaker of the Mpumalanga legislature.

Shongwe was announced the MEC of Sports and Recreation, taking over Norah Mahlangu who became the Human Settlements MEC.

Thandi Shongwe becomes MEC in Mtsweni cabinet realignment

New Mpumalanga Premier Refilwe Mtsweni. PIC Lowvelder.


Thandi Shongwe becomes MEC in Mtsweni cabinet realignment

Norah Mahlangu. PIC MfisoDIGITAL/MLM.

Mtsweni moved Speedy Mashilo, who was Human Settlements MEC to the Department ofCooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs.

Thandi Shongwe becomes MEC in Mtsweni cabinet realignment

New Mpumalanga cabinet.

Pat Ngomane will remain the Safety and Security MEC as well as Vusi Shongwe as Agriculture MEC, Sasekani Manzini Public Works, Roads and Transport, Busi Shiba Social Development and Gillon Mashego as the Health MEC.

Sibusiso Malaza was announced the new Education MEC, taking over from Reginah Mhaule who was announced as the Deputy Minister of International Relations during a cabinet reshuffle by President Cyril Ramaphosa on 26 February 2018.

Mtsweni was the MEC of Cooperative Governance and took over the reigns in February 2018 as the acting Premier when then Premier David Mabuza got appointed as the new deputy president of the Republic of South Africa.

In her speech as the newly elected Premier on Tuesday, Mtsweni promised to do all she can in making the lives of the people of Mpumalanga better.

“To the people of Mpumalanga I commit myself and my colleagues in government to ethical behaviour and ethical leadership. In the spirit of a united and democratic Republic as envisaged by the Constitution, I am committing myself to working with all political parties to ensure that we make our Province a better place for all,” she said.

“To young people who may have lost hope, I say we are not going to stand aside while they live aimless lives we will give them hope and the sense of purpose that comes with new training opportunities in order to ensure their personal and professional development, so that they too can take pride in being upstanding members of the society.

“To the women who live in rural villages in the far flung areas of this Province and those who live in the townships and urban areas, I say to you your government has heard your cries we will, together, bring real change to your lives,” Mtsweni said.

“Real change can never be measured by what government does on its own – real change is effectively measured when everyone steers in the same direction and aligns our individual responsibilities towards the advancement of making this province work for the benefit of all of us,” she said.

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Collen Sedibe booed, heckled by community members

The leader of the Economic Freedom Fighters in the Mpumalanga province was raising a point of order during the Taking Legislature to the People, disrupting Premier David Mabuza.

EFF provincial chairman Collen Sedibe has been booed, heckled and told to sit down by the hundreds of community members who attended the Taking Legislature to the People.

Sedibe, who is a member of the Mpumalanga legislature together with EFF provincial secretary Alfred Skhosana, had wanted to ask Mabuza to respect a ruling made by speaker Thandi Shongwe. The legislature was with the people of Mhluzi the whole of last week (13 – 17 Mar) at the Themba Senamela stadium, Middelburg and on Friday morning Mabuza addressed the public sitting.

After minutes of addressing, Mabuza was disrupted by Skhosana, who rose on a point of order, asking the Premier to not make the Taking Legislature to the People about the ANC.

Mabuza, during the Taking Legislature to the People, had said that people should not join or form other political parties because the ruling ANC  “encompasses all that is good” when he triggered Skosana to rise on a point of order.

Mabuza had said: “It’s important that we remain patient, let’s not fight each and open other political parties simply because we are impatient with the ANC. I always say that the ANC encompasses all that is good”.

Skhosana rose and said to Shongwe: “Speaker, I rise on a point of order”.

Shongwe asked Mabuza to stop his speech and asked Skhosana: “What’s the point of order honourable Skhosana?”

“Thanks speaker, I think there’s a mistake that the Premier is making and I won’t agree that he goes unchallenged. The Premier indicated clearly here that we are here as legislature but then at the same time we’re here to use this platform to campaign, now I want to indicate clearly that we are not here for that; we can’t use our selfish interest and state resources to advance our narrow interest, let’s concentrate on why we’re here and leave this other things of the ANC, we’re here as government,” Skhosana said.

Shongwe made a ruling, telling Mabuza that “he says you must not campaign, can you please go on with your speech”.

Collen Sedibe booed, heckled by community members

Skhosana raises a point of order. ©MfisoDIGITAL/MLM.

When the Premier returned to the podium he sought to “assist” Skhosana by telling him, to thunderous applause, that as Premier he never “dropped from the sky”.

“I’m a Premier who was elected by the African National Congress and I’m not here by mistake,” Mabuza said to thunderous applause, which triggered Sedibe to also rise on a point of order.

“Speaker, thank you honourable speaker,” Sedibe said after Shongwe had pointed at him however the community members wouldn’t allow him to speak.

Sedibe was booed and heckled as Shongwe repeatedly called for order and asked the community members to be patient and listen to honourable Sedibe.

“I’ll wait for them to finish singing, I’ll wait,” said Sedibe as the community members continued to boo him.

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He said he thought Shongwe would make a ruling on Skhosana’s point of order, to which Shongwe answered: “I did, I did”.

Mabuza apologised to those who viewed his speech as campaigning for the ANC but said he was shocked because he got criticism as Premier of an ANC government but was not allowed to answer as such.

“If I’m being perceived to be campaigning I apologise,” he said.

After the sitting, Mabuza went to straight to Skhosana and Sedibe to talk to them.

Asked what was Mabuza saying to them, Sedibe told 013NEWS: “We were talking about the issue of him campaigning during the Taking Legislature to the People.

Collen Sedibe booed, heckled by community members

Mabuza engages the fighters after the sitting was adjourned. ©MfisoDIGITAL/MLM.

“He was of the view that we were interjecting him and we said ‘No, no, we were not interjecting you. You made a mistake that it was everybody’s right that when they are here they must campaign because were cannot use the legislature’s funds to campaign.

“If you want to campaign, let’s wear our own T-shirts, let’s wear our own regalia and have our own machinery and campaign as usual but not here, here we are here as government, we’re equal and let’s treat people equal and so forth,” he said.

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