Role of the Mayor


 Peoples Mayor from humble beginning
“Being Executive Mayor is more than a job, it’s a calling”

Matjhabeng Executive Mayor Councillor Nkosinjani Speelman is a workaholic and a humble servant of the people.

“I am from humble beginnings and I think my background shaped me well. I hate poverty and to see people suffering causes me headache because I have been there before. My parents pushed me very hard to prioritise education to change my circumstances and I listened. Today education has empowered me to empower others”, said Executive Mayor Speelman.

Councillor Nkosinjani Speelman was born on 11 June 1965 at Barkley East in the Eastern Cape. He grew up and attended most of his schooling on a farm.

After matriculating, he went to work on the mines to help support his family. He then got the opportunity to further his studies and completed his teaching Diploma in 1995. He currently holds a BA degree and has recently completed his Honours in Political Science.

He has been involved in politics for most of his life, from being part of the SRC in high school to becoming a member of COSAS and SASCO. He was a member of ANCYL and later the ANC as well as the SACP. He was the branch secretary of the Chief Albert Luthuli ANC Branch in Meloding Virginia during all 4 democratically elected presidents of South Africa where he served with excellence.

“I may be many things but I am not lazy, I am a workaholic and I am going to spend 90% of my time outside my office and I expect all managers to do the same. We need to go to the people and address their needs, we cannot wait for them to come to us because they elected us so we report to them.

“The living conditions in Matjhabeng, particularly townships have improved in the past two decades. Communities have been provided with proper housing, clean running water, sanitation and electricity. The standard of living has greatly improved, however there is still a lot of work to be done”, he said adding that it is imperative that the living standard in our rural communities improves and urbanized in order for all South Africans to live a life of dignity.

He attributes his leadership style to that of the late Dr Nelson Mandela, whom he regards as the greatest statesman of all times. “He led by example and his influence compelled people to serve the people with excellence, something I hope to achieve here”, he said adding that the following quote:
“It is better to lead from behind and to put others in front, especially when you celebrate victory when good things occur.

Only then people will appreciate your leadership”, by Dr Nelson Mandela will resemble his leadership style.

“I believe in this quote because people need to be given space to perform and shine but you have to take the front line when there are challenges. I will also listen to all sides of the stories before vigorously analysing and testing what I have been told and then make informed decisions”, he said.

Executive Mayor Speelman has a wealth of leadership experience and served in the following structures:

  • 1984 Deputy Chairperson for Congress of South Africa
  • 1984 Deputy Chairperson for Congress of South Africa
  • 1985-1987 Deputy President in Blikana High School
  • 1989-1992 ANC member of Welkom Mine (Marshall)
  • 1990-1992 Representative Goldfields Mine in SA Championship in Bloemfontein
  • 1993 ANCYL Sterkspuit
  • 1996 BEC Youth Central Branch
  • 1997 Team Manager for Rugby Development Schools in Welkom
  • 1998 Chairperson of SAFA for all Primary Schools in Virginia
  • 1999 Deputy Electoral Officer (IEC)
  • 2000 -2004 ANC Deputy Secretary Zingithwa Branch
  • 2000 B.A Degree obtained at Vista University Welkom Campus
  • 2000 2003 Secretary of Transformation Committee for Rugby Development
  • 2001-2005 South African Democratic Teachers Union, Sport, Arts and Culture Convener
  • 2001-2006 SADTU Regional Member
  • 2002 Head of Department (HOD) Boase Primary School
  • 2004 LET Coordinator for Virginia, Hennenman and Ventersburg elections
  • 2005 Obtained Honours Degree in Education Management and Leadership with the University of Free State
  • 2006 ANC Proportional Representative PR Councillor (PR)
  • 2006 Member of Mayoral Committee Responsible for Finance (Matjhabeng Local Municipality)
  • 2007 South African Communist Party (SACP) Branch Secretary Virginia
  • 2012-2013 ANC Lejweleputswa Regional Treasurer
  • 2012-2014 Lejweleputswa District Speaker
  • 2013 ANC Lejweleputswa Regional Chairperson –present
  • 2014 ANC RET Coordinator
  • 2014 Lejweleputswa District Executive Mayor
  • 2016 Matjhabeng Local Municipality Executive Mayor