SELEBI-PHIKWE: Nominated councillor Molosiwa Molosiwa has been voted the new mayor here after garnering nine votes against Amogelang Mojuta’s four on Monday morning.
Three votes were spoilt. Councillor Dorcus Letlhogela was elected the deputy mayor after another candidate Kago Motsemme was disqualified from the race because his nomination paper did not meet the minimum requirements. Nobody supported him as the standing order stipulates.
Molosiwa is not new to the mayoral position. He served as the mayor from 1999 to 2007. Accepting the position, he thanked fellow councillors for showing confidence in him by according him yet another term in office. He said however that it was not an easy assignment but one that called for teamwork by all stakeholders.
“The town is in a dire economic situation as unemployment and poverty statistics have gone up as well as the closure of the mine. I want to acknowledge the efforts made by my predecessor, Mojuta,” he said.
He hoped that light will one day shine brighter to dispel the darkness that has clouded the town of Selebi-Phikwe. “It only requires cooperation and teamwork and we can succeed if we put our different party affiliations aside and approach Selebi-Phikwe’s challenges as a block,” he added.
Molosiwa added that he hopes that government will deliver on all her promises to Selebi-Phikwe in terms of job opportunities because without the support
“Let us support each other as the political wing. We acknowledge that we are not experts, hence we get advises and guidance from the administrative wing. That should be done with respect and dignity,” he noted.
His deputy, Letlhogela said that Phikwe has been under serious economic distress for the past months and it called for all stakeholders to put in their concerted efforts.
She appealed for support and guidance for her to move the town forward. Leader of opposition, councillor Molefhe Molatlhegi advised the new office bearers that they must know that they came in at a time when the town is in economic doldrums.
He said leadership is all about innovating and needing a proper game plan that would bring about desired changes. “As councillors we plead for proper consultation with us on every matter concerning our town. Businesses continue to relocate because nobody is giving them hope,” he said.
Molatlhegi also strongly warned Molosiwa against abuse of the mayoral office and said unnecessary expenses on council funds should never be condoned and money should be used expeditiously. He also warned that the office should not be used to run political party affairs.