Mxolisi Kaunda has topped the news for the last couple of days as the newly appointed mayor of eThekwini Municipality in KwaZulu Natal. He was appointed to replace Zandile Gumede, even though he has not yet been sworn into power. He is currently serving the position of the MEC for Transport in KwaZulu Natal. Here is all about him.
Mxolisi Kaunda is one of the most influential political leaders in the KwaZulu Natal region. The latter has actively been involved in political matters ever since he was in his teenage years He has since then served different political and leadership positions. He has kept on rising in the ranks in the dockets that he has served and is currently the MEC for Transport and has been appointed as the Mayor for eThekwini. He is currently awaiting swearing-in.
Mxolisi Kaunda biography
Mxolisi Kaunda age
Thomas Mxolisi Kaunda was born on the 13th of September, 1972. As of date, he is forty-six years old. He hails from the Northern parts of Durban in Inanda, where Mxolisi Kaunda parents stayed.
Mxolisi Kaunda education
He is an alumnus of Intshisekelo High School, which is situated in his hometown in Inanda. He then proceeded to the University of South Africa where he pursued a Diploma in Governance and Leadership. After matriculating from the University of South Africa, he joined the University of the Witwatersrand to further his studies. There, he pursued an advanced diploma in Advanced Governance and Public Leadership.
MEC Mxolisi Kaunda profile and political career
Thomas Mxolisi Kaunda was interested in politics at a very tender age. At the age of fifteen, he took part in the formation of Congress of South African Students (COSAS). Taking part in this made him get into youth movements, where he was a part of the group that was actively involved in the country's socio-economic and political journey. The movements were actively involved in reviving the African National Congress Youth League structures. This move became necessary after the Liberation Movements had been banned in the country in 1990.
In 2004, he was appointed as the secretary of the African National Congress Youth League. He diligently served this position for the four years that followed. In 2008, he was promoted to become the Provincial Chairperson of the African National Congress Youth League. He served this position between 2008 and 2010. In 2012, he grew a rank higher to become part of the Provincial Executive Committee of the African National Congress. He was also delegated the duty of working in the sub-committees responsible for Economic Transformation and those in charge of peace and stability.
During the elections for the African National Congress for the Provincial Executive Committee, which were held in 2015, Mxolisi was re-elected to be part of the committee. He even went a higher rank as he was appointed to chair the mobilisation and the Economic Transformation sub-committees. He also became a member of the Provincial Working Committee in the African National Congress.
Political positions in eThekwini
Being in these committees has groomed essential leadership qualities in him. As a result, he ended up landing more significant leadership positions. Between 2000 and 2006, he was elected as the Ward Councillor for his ward. During the elections that were conducted in 2006, he was chosen to become the Public Representative Councillor for his municipality: eThekwini Metropolitan Municipality. While serving this position, he also served in the Economic Development and Markets sub-committee.
In 2009, he was delegated a new duty to be a Member of the Provincial Legislature. He served this position for the five years that followed. From this rank, he rose to become the chair of the Transport Portfolio Committee. While serving this position, he was also recognised as a member of the following committees: Finance, Co-Operative Governance, Community Safety, Traditional Affairs, as well as the Liaison committee.
In 2014, after the general elections were held, he was elected as the Provincial Legislature. He also continued to serve in the following committees: liaison, finance, environmental affairs, tourism and community safety committees. In the transport committee, he was the chairperson. During this period when he was serving these positions, he was involved in transport matters. He also involved all the communities in the province in development. To crown it all, he has also been involved in house debates in the National Council of Provinces as well as the Provincial Legislature.
MEC Mxolisi Kaunda
In 2016, there were reshuffles in the cabinet of KwaZulu-Natal, and as a result, five new MEC's were appointed in the cabinet. Mxolisi Kaunda was among the five and he was appointed as the MEC for Transport, Safety, and Community Liaison. He was the best candidate that suited this position since he had served in the different transport committees. Serving in these committees played a key role in grooming him for the position.
MEC Mxolisi Kaunda new appointment
On the 22nd of August, the African National Congress in KwaZulu-Natal made a press conference during ANC KZN provincial address. In the announcement, it was declared that the party had appointed MEC Mxolisi Kaunda to replace Zandile Gumede in the position as the mayor of eThekwini.
Mxolisi Kaunda swearing-in halted
One week after Mxolisi Kaunda was appointed as the mayor for eThekwini municipality, the African National Congress announced that it had halted the process of swearing in the new team in the municipality. The process was halted to allow the party square out the issues that had arisen as a result of the nominations that were made.
The process of swearing the new mayor of the municipality is currently being faced with challenges after Zandile Gumede pulled out her resignation and was out to fight the process of her removal in a forum that was held on 2nd September 2019. The party, however, promised that the municipality would have a new mayor by 4th September 2019.
Mxolisi Kaunda contact details
To reach out to the MEC of transport for KwaZulu Natal, you can do so through any of the following platforms:
- Postal address: Private Bag X9043, PIETERMARITZBURG, 3200
- Phone number: 033 342 2626 or 031 360 6576
- Cell phone number: 082 717 5293
- Fax: 033 342 8824 or 031 360 6578
- Email address: firstname.lastname@example.org
Mxolisi Kaunda is one of the best South African political leaders. He groomed his political career way back during his teenage life and has since then been making gigantic steps in his leadership positions.