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KIMBERLEY SHUTDOWN: MULTI STAKEHOLDER COMMUNITY TASK TEAM

Thabo Mothibi speaking to Zoe Bula of the Task Team.
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A Sol Plaatje Community Task Team comprised of business, non-governmental organizations and professionals has been established. This in an effort to find a common ground around community demands and ensure a safe environment for all in Kimberley.

Despite gains in stopping the Sol Plaatje Municipality from implementing its annual electricity increase of just under six percent and the R260 monthly surcharge and getting the municipality’s municipal manager Goolam Akharwaray and chief financial officer Lydia Mahloko placed on precautionary suspension, a demand for the recall of the executive mayor Mangaliso Matika still stands.

Thabo Mothibi spoke to Zoe Bula of the Task Team.

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Thabo Mothibi is a former broadcast journalist (TV and Radio) – with specialist reporting experience; SABC Political/Parliamentary and TRC Teams over a period of five years (1995 to 2000).

One key foreign assignment - is the 11-nation African Connection Rally – overland journey from Africa’s northern-most pole in the coastal Tunisian city of Bizerte to the southern-most pole in South Africa’s Cape Agulhas. From the journalistic years, Thabo then delved into Government media liaison and serving two former Ministers and three MECs. He became the Northern Cape Provincial Government’s first department based Communications Director at Department of Agriculture, Land Reform and Rural Development - 2008-2010 – where he also served as Head of Ministry from 2003 – 2008.

As a former anti-apartheid activist, his political background and professional training aided him in spearheading the Northern Cape ANC’s 2004 National Elections media and publicity campaign and that of the 2006 Local Government Elections.

Whilst based in Waterkloof in Pretoria -2010 to end 2011, he consulted for Manstrat Agricultural Intelligence, then returned to the Northern Cape in 2012 to date, to consult independently and pursue other entrepreneurial interests in media and communications through KwaVuko Communications and Marketing.

Thabo Mothibi obtained his NQF7 through Wits University’s Graduate School of Public and Development Management (P&DM) in Johannesburg, a Unilever Mandela Rhodes Academy for Marketing and Communications Academy (UMRA). The goal of the NQF7 programme was to educate and train public and private sector professional communicators and marketers in government communications..