Gauteng Premier to announce MECs on Friday

Wednesday, May 6, 2009

Johannesburg - The public will know on Friday which MECs are to make up the Gauteng Provincial Government for the next five years.

Gauteng Premier Nomvula Mokonyane hinted that the new executive was likely to include outgoing Premier Paul Mashatile, despite earlier speculation that he would become Deputy Finance Minister.

While new faces are expected to be introduced to the legislature, indications are that some of the experienced people from the previous administration will be retained.

Ms Mokonyane told journalists that more women would form part of her new legislature. "It's a must, five women will be there," she said.

Ms Mokonyane was elected uncontested as the province's first female premier during a sitting of the Gauteng Provincial Legislature just before midday.

Delivering her first address as Premier, she vowed to promote a people-centered government that would make service delivery a priority.

Outlining her government's programme for the next five years, Ms Mokonyane said she would be beefing up the health system while particular priority would be placed on education and creation of job opportunities.

"Learning from our past experiences we are going to do things differently, because we know what works and we know what doesn't work. In the spirit of building this province, I am looking forward to a constructive relation with all parties with legislature and outside, including various groups of civil society and business sector," she said.

Priorities for the new administration will further include paying attention to rural development, fighting corruption and beefing up public institutions.

"We are now well charged with the responsibility to build a better life for all of our people," the premier said.