Freshly elected City of Johannesburg mayor Herman Mashaba has opted for a team of qualified professionals as his mayoral committee. Although many are inexperienced in running local government, they each boast a string of qualifications.
FINANCE: RABELANI DAGADA
Dagada holds a PhD in information systems from the University of SA, a master’s of education in computer-based education from the former Rand Afrikaans University (now the University of Johannesburg) and a master’s of commerce in information systems from Wits University. He is a lecturer in information systems and knowledge management at Wits University.
ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT: SHARON PEETZ
Peetz has a degree in marketing. She has worked as the general manager of Durban Tourism Authority and Johannesburg Tourism. She has served as a DA councillor since 2011, when she was the DA whip for the Section 79 committee of economic development.
ENVIRONMENT & INFRASTRUCTURE SERVICES: ANTHONY WILLIAM STILL
Still has an M Phil in management studies from Oxford University, as well as a BSc honours degree in agricultural economics from the former University of Natal (now the University of KwaZulu-Natal). He previously worked as the managing director of Johannesburg Water. He has served as a councillor in Johannesburg since August 2014.
DEVELOPMENT PLANNING: RICHARD FUNZELA NGOBENI
Ngobeni holds a national diploma in tourism management, and a diploma in public relations. He has held positions as a regional sales supervisor for Cathay Pacific Airways and a sales executive for Air Botswana. He has served as a councillor since 2014.
HOUSING: MZOBANZI NTULI
Ntuli completed a national certificate in municipal governance in 2009 at the University of Johannesburg. The provincial chair of the Inkatha Freedom Party (IFP) is experienced, having served as a councillor in the City of Johannesburg since 2000.
TRANSPORT: NONHLANHLA HELEN MAKHUBA
Makhuba holds a diploma in financial management and an advanced certificate in credit management. She previously worked for financial services company Alexander Forbes as a provident fund administrator and at multinational SC Johnson & Son as a senior credit manager. Makhuba, who is deputy chairperson of the IFP Women’s Brigade, also served as an MP between 2009 and 2014.
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PUBLIC SAFETY: YAO-HENG MICHAEL SUN
Sun holds a B.Proc degree, a higher diploma in tax law and an advanced certificate in municipal governance. He is the principal attorney for Sun Attorneys. Sun has served as a councillor since 2006 and has been the DA’s Shadow MMC for public safety since 2013.
CORPORATE & SHARED SERVICES: VALENCIA NTOMBI KHUMALO
Khumalo recently obtained her PhD in health professions education. She also holds a master’s degree in somatology and has been a lecturer at the University of Johannesburg since 2008. She was also the head therapist at Matispa between 2007 and 2008.
COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT: NONHLANHLA SIFUMBA
Sifuma has completed a certificate course in project management with the Wits School of Governance, and holds a diploma in banking and business. She was assistant director at the Soweto HIV/Aids Counsellor Association and has worked as a research executive at Quest Research Services. She has been a DA councillor in the City of Johannesburg since 2011.
HEALTH & SOCIAL DEVELOPMENT: MPHO PHALATSE
Phalatse is a qualified doctor, having obtained her MBCHB from the former Medical University of SA (now the University of Limpopo). She also has an advanced diploma in project management. She has worked in the medical field in the private and public sectors. She is completing her MMed in public health medicine through Wits University.
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