The elected president of DA of the municipality of uMngeni, Janis Holmes.PHOTO: provided
The DA appointed Janis Holmes as president of the municipality of uMngeni.
The President-elect who was born and raised in Howick has been an advisor to uMngeni since 2011. Holmes holds a BS in Social Sciences, majoring in Political Science and Legal Studies from the University of KwaZulu-Natal.
DA chief in KwaZulu-Natal Francois Rodgers said in a statement that Holmes’ position as chairman will be of critical importance to the DA to ensure the municipality‘s legislative arm is focused on delivering services and the fight against corruption.
“There are a number of important forensic reports that will be high on President-elect Holmes’ agenda to deal with and deal with, as well as prioritize the oversight of advisers,” Rodgers said . He added that the president-elect will also seek to improve public participation in the municipality to ensure it is more meaningful and not treated as a last-minute checkbox exercise.
“This will allow a more inclusive DA-led council to hear directly from residents on issues that affect them,” Rodgers said.
The DA won its first municipality in KwaZulu-Natal with 47% of the vote and 13 seats. They took uMngeni from the ANC. The inauguration of the uMngeni advisers will take place on Friday 12 November.
On Monday, the DA also announced Deputy Mayor-elect Christopher Pappas, Sandile Mnikathi.
Rodgers said a number of dignitaries will be in attendance. Mayor-elect Christopher Pappas will deliver his first speech to the new council on his priorities for the next five years.