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SALGA National Executive Committee appoints Cllr Thembisile Nkadimeng as new SALGA President

 

 

 


Posted: 14 June 2019

Following the 2019 Provincial and National elections, the South African Local Government Association (SALGA) President Parks Tau was appointed as a Deputy Minister for Cooperative Governance resulting in a vacancy of the SALGA President.

Duly authorised by the SALGA Constitution, the SALGA National Executive Committee (NEC) exercised its constitutional prerogative to fill the vacancy, having considered a number of factors including continuity, gender and generational mix, provincial representation and categories of municipalities represented in the SALGA NEC.

In filling the vacancy of SALGA President, the SALGA NEC gave due consideration to the current Deputy Presidents and unanimously appointed Cllr Thembisile Nkadimeng as its new President. Cllr Nkadimeng, who hails from the Limpopo province previously held the position of SALGA Limpopo Provincial Chairperson. A product of the University of the North, Cllr Nkadimeng holds a Higher Education Diploma, a Bachelor of Arts (Honours) degree as well as a BPhil (Political Studies) which she obtained from the University of Stellenbosch. In preparation for her numerous leadership roles, she also completed the Advanced Program in Management at Wits Business School.

Cllr Nkadimeng joined the City of Polokwane as Executive Mayor in July 2014, where she is currently serving as the first woman Executive Mayor under the democratic dispensation. She holds similar records at SALGA, having been elected the first female SALGA Limpopo Chairperson and now only the second female to lead SALGA nationally, following in the footsteps of former Minister of Human Settlement, Hon Nomaindia Mfeketo, who was the first female SALGA leader.

The appointment of Cllr Nkadimeng, as a representative from a local municipality, also the first SALGA President that does not come from a metropolitan municipality, will immensely contribute to
advancing the vision of the Integrated Urban Development Framework (IDUF). The IUDF aims to create
‘liveable, safe, resource-efficient cities and towns that are socially integrated, economically
inclusive and globally competitive, where residents actively participate in urban life’.

The SALGA NEC wishes to congratulate and extend well wishes to President Nkadimeng in her new
responsibilities. The NEC further wishes to congratulate Deputy Minister Parks Tau, who as a
result of his dedication and commitment towards influencing the international agenda, has placed
local government on the global map. SALGA NEC sincerely hopes that his new responsibilities will
allow him to continue with his contribution to transforming local
government not only locally but globally.

 
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