By Rosanna Scott
The ANC has reviewed its district councillors list and Makana Mayor, Pumelelo Kate, may be involved in a ‘swap deal’ that will see him exchanging jobs with Cacadu district councilor, Vumile Lwana. The date of the swap has not been finalised.
There are concerns that the change of mayor may untimely be due to chances that the community projects in which Kate is involved may be terminated. One of these projects includes the “Makana Civic Awards”. Political writer, Kwanele Butana, explains that “The Makana Civic Awards recognnises achievements of the locals across various disciplines, such as business and arts and culture. It magnifies the work that locals are doing so that people become more aware.” He further explains that Kate is involved in an effort to change the name of Grahamstown, as it is considered by some to be offensive. There are fears that the placement of Lwana in the mayoral position may affect the developments of these initiatives. “Don’t expect to see projects close to Kate’s heart continuing under the new regime,” says Butana.
However, provincial spokesperson for the ANC, Mcebisi Jonas, explains that the reason for the redeployment is to “enhance effectiveness and coherence of the ANC and to improve on service delivery”. He says that no final decision has been made and that “The interaction between province and region is still taking place.”
Meanwhile, there are fears that members of Kate’s committee may be dissolved if he is redeployed. Six of these 24 committee members are working full-time. Unless they are reinstated under the new regime, members will be left unemployed. Kate has asked the party for more time to consider. However, there is pressure for the new committee to be in place before elections on 22 April.