Ba- phalaborwa municipality mayor, Pule Shayi. Photo supplied/ PFM 

By: Blessing Mabunda

The Richard Maake branch at Mashishimale in the Ba-Phalaborwa ANC Sub region celebrated Ba-Phalaborwa Municipality Mayor Pule Shayi’s massive triumph as the new Chairperson of ANC Mopani region at Mashishimale Sport Ground last weekend.

Shayi was elected as the new Chairperson of ANC Mopani region after he defeated Former Chairperson and MEC for Economic Development Environment and Tourism, Seaparo Sekoati by 24 votes. He received 155 votes while Sekoati received 131 from the 286 voting delegates at the conference held at Karibu Resort outside Tzaneen last month.

Speaking during the celebration which was held under the theme”UNITY IN ACTION , FACTIONALISM MUST FALL” THE YEAR OF O.R TAMBO”, the undisputed Chairperson of the ANC Richard Maake branch where Shayi’s political career started,  Rocky Nyathi expressed his glee for having been part of the leadership team which backed Shayi.” I am overwhelmed with what our branch has done. We have learnt a lot from him and we believe that  through his mentorship , our branch will continue producing capable and proficient leaders like comrade Pule, who derived from our dusty village’ alluded Nyathi.

His words were also reinforced by traditional leaders who congratulated and praised Pule Shayi as a selfless and caring leader who is well –equipped to transform people lives in the region.” Look at the tremendous improvement at the Ba-Phalaborwa Municipality just virtually a year since he took the baton, there are number of key transformation at that municipality. Shayi has reshaped the image of the municipality and restored our confidence”, said Chief Selwane.

Several ANC structures gave messages of support and sending congratulatory remarks to Shayi, wherein ANC Youth League regional Secretary Oliver Mabunda called upon young people to mobilise branches to unite and rally behind Nkosazana Dlamini Zuma.” It is our conviction that Dlamini-Zuma is the only leader who can implement Radical Economic Socio Transformation” said Mabunda.

The highly attended celebration was graced by Ba-Phalaborwa Traditional leaders, delegates and strong powered leadership from Giyani ANC Sub region, Letaba branch, Mark Shope and Letaba ANC Sub region, members of the civil society Organisations and local trade union amongst others.