Profile of the Mayor

Mr. Tlokotsi John Motaung was elected the Mayor of the Phumelela Local Municipality in October 2005, just before the March 2006 local government elections. He was elected to serve the first full term as a mayor in March 2006 and was re-elected for a second term of office following the local government elections in May 2011. Motaung was born in October 1963 and was schooled at Tshidiso Xolane (Tweeling) and Evungwini Senior Secondary School (Vrede). He qualified as an educator at Tshiya College of Education in 1988 where he obtained a Secondary Teachers Diploma. He was a member of the Tshiya College Choir that toured Europe in 1990 and also visited Israel, Switzerland and Italy for three weeks. As a student activist, Motaung took part in the anti-Afrikaans disturbances of 1989 to 1990 and was one of the founding members of the ANC Thembalihle branch in 1990 after the unbanning of the ANC and other political parties. After completing his studies at Tshiya College of Education in 1990, Motaung was employed as an educator at Evungwini Senior Secondary School by the Free State Department of Education, where he worked for 17 years. He taught Sesotho and Mathematics from Grade 8 to Grade 12. He resigned in April 2006 after he was deployed by the ANC to be a full-time mayor.

Motaung served as the Thembalihle ANC branch secretary and branch chairperson. He also served as a member of the REC of the former Frankfort Region and the Thabo Mofutsanyane Region. He was part of the first group of councillors to represent the ANC in 1995 in the Transitional Local Council. From 1990 to 2000, he represented the Vrede Transitional Local Council in the Eastern Free State District Council. In 2000, he represented the Phumelela Local Municipality in the Thabo Mofutsayana District Municipality. He also served the ANC as a councillor from 1995 until the present.

Given his involvement in the local government sector from 1995, Motaung has extensive experience and is still willing to learn and ensure a better life for all the inhabitants of the Phumelela Municipality. He has successfully completed the certificate Programme in Management Development for Municipal Finance (CPMD) MF.