Mpho Moerane is the new mayor of Johannesburg. The announcement came on Friday of his election to succeed Major Jodliee Matomgo, who died in a ghastly car accident on the 18th of September, 2021. However, his election was more interesting because he was the only candidate nominated and, according to council rules, he automatically became the mayor during the council sitting.
Mpho Moerane has served in various capacities politically and in the business world. Before assuming power, Mpho Moerane's MMC assignment was to head environment and infrastructure services between December 2019 and September 2021.
Mpho Moerane's profile summary
- Full name: Mpho Moerane
- Place of birth: Alexandra, Johannesburg
- Present residence: Bryanston, Gauteng
- Profession: Electrician, businessman, and politician
- Famous for: Being the Mayor of Johannesburg and Treasurer, African National Congress Johannesburg
- Date of assumption: 1st of October 2021
- Previous position held: Member of Mayor Committee on Environment and Infrastructure Service
- Marital status: Married
- Spouse: Fikile
- Political party: African National Congress
- Education: Minerva High School
- Qualification: Electrical Engineering and Project Management
- Facebook: MMC Mpho Moerane
- Linkedin page: Mpho Moerane
Early life and education qualifications
Mpho Moerane's place of birth is in the township of Alexandra, located outside Johannesburg. He currently lives in Bryanston, Gauteng, with his wife Fikile, a consultant on financial service and IT, and their four children. Mpho Moerane's age and date of birth remain unknown to the public.
Mpho Moerane's qualifications include a course he completed in electrical engineering from an unidentified institution and a certification in project management from the School of Project Management. However, before then, he matriculated from Minerva High School.
As an electrical engineer, Moerane worked for the national electricity company, Eskom. However, his flair for business made him leave the company in 2006 to set up his business, where he owned and managed his restaurant until he got elected to the Johannesburg City Council.
Furthermore, Mpho Moerane's Linkedin page shows that he has been the Director of Business Development at At.net since January 2007. The South African businessman and politician has sat on the board of Metro Bus and Alexandra Clinic. In addition, he served as non-executive director for Chancellor House Holdings.
Although when the political figure joined the African National Congress (ANC) is unknown, it is worth noting that Mpho Moerane's ANC involvement is not without some responsibilities. For example, he once served as the head of fundraising in the office of the regional treasurer in Johannesburg.
He also served as the Member of the Mayoral Committee (MMC) for environment and infrastructure services in the city. Mpho Moerane on Facebook noted he is responsible for a clean environment, blue drop water certification and uninterrupted electricity supply. Little wonder while service as an MMC, in January 2020, the Council boss launched the #KleenaJoburg project.
The initiative aims to unite citizens, businesses, industries, labour, civil societies, and government behind a common goal of directly taking an active part in the environmental cleanup of Johannesburg.
Election as Johannesburg mayor
On the 1st of October, 2021, Cllr Mpho Moerane was sworn in as the new mayor of Johannesburg to succeed the late Mayor Jolidee Matongo, who died in an auto crash in September 2021. His election was unopposed due to the unanimous decision reached by the ANC and the other coalition political party.
Nevertheless, MMC Mpho Moerane is expected to head the Johannesburg City Municipality for one month following the general election on the 1st of November 2021.
Commenting on the reason for the action, ANC's provincial chairman David Makhura said they want to "make sure that the residents of Joburg continue to receive services even" while still mourning the loss of the former major. More so, issues of unstable electricity supply (and) intermittent water cuts needed to be dealt with by the City's political leadership.
In his election speech, the new mayor mentioned continuing with the MCCs the late Jolidee constituted. By implication, the likes of Mlungisi Mabaso in charge of housing, Helen Makhuba managing transport, and Loyiso Masuku overseeing group corporate shared services will retain their positions. As part of the retainership plan, the new mayor noted that accelerated delivery of services to all the residents is primary.
Mpho Moerane's contact details
Anyone who wants to connect with Mayor Mpho Moerane or get across to him could contact him privately on his Linkedin and Facebook pages. However, the previous Mpho Moerane's email address and Mpho Moerane's 082 784 5535 phone number as an MMC are uncertain if they would still be functional.
Nevertheless, as the current boss of Joburg, it is best to address all correspondence to the mayor's office.
Mpho Moerane is a blend of politics and business. From the business world, he ventured into politics and rose to the echelon of Johannesburg city politics. Nevertheless, with his wealth of experience, the locals look forward to his administration's achievement in one month.
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Source: Briefly News