COPE mayoral candidate Colleen Makhubele said she appreciated the party trusting her for the chance to lead the city of gold.
“Cope is looking for self-renewal, they are recruiting professionals who have the skills to lead municipalities to make a difference, they are not looking for a membership card, loyalty and favors. I started working with Cope at the beginning of this year in my portfolio in the city of Joburg and found the spirit and ethics so clear and clean, ”said Makhubele.
Over the years, Johannesburg has experienced issues such as a faulty billing system, potholes, power and water cuts, unemployment and housing shortages, she said. .
As mayor, Makhubele said looking at their manifesto, they will serve the people and develop an inclusive economy.
“Everything we do will depend on an inclusive economy that will support the SMEs, small businesses, large corporations, multinationals that will come to help us rebuild Johannesburg. From this we are able to fix the water problems.
“We know there are electricity problems. This is one of the problems that we want to resolve as quickly as possible. There is no reason why we should not have electricity in Johannesburg. City Power should work, if they open up to people who have the right technologies to come and support us, there are people who are ready to finance and partner with the city, they will build new substations, partner with SMEs, create jobs in communities and get our income through different channels over a long period of time, ”said Makhubele.
She said the current type of leadership is still stuck in a bidding process, they can’t see these little opportunities that are big payoffs.
“As Cope, we say that the goal of this inclusive economy is to approach service delivery immediately and we will address it cost-effectively, efficiently and by including SMEs, businesses, local and international communities, by creating jobs because that’s what we need. We are going to drive the smart city program, if we want to provide sustainable electricity, there are technologies that have proven to be cheap, why don’t we use these technologies for smart grids etc. to make sure we provide electricity to communities, ”she said.
Makhubele, from Giyani in Limpopo, wife and mother of two sons, said she brings a wealth of business experience, entrepreneurship and strong ideas to develop the town of Joburg for the benefit of all residents.
She holds a Honors Degree in Information Technology Engineering from Malaysia, an MBA from Milpark Business School as well as Chartered Financial Analyst and Investment Foundation certificates.
She is doing her doctorate in the management of innovation and technology with the Da Vinci Institute.
Makhubele is one of the founding members of the Mzumbe Group of Companies and was the Managing Director overseeing the company’s portfolios in ICT, energy and manufacturing. She has also served as President and Non-Executive Director of South Africa Post.
Makhubele recognized that moving from business to politics is a courageous and daring step for her.
“I think we’ve come to a point as a city and as a country where we’ve seen the older generation of politicians making promises and not being able to keep them, they face their own infighting challenges and they are facing corruption challenges, we can name it. I feel like they’ve lost touch or empathy for what’s needed to be able to serve people, ”she said.
Makhubele said she was a part of this modern generation and had an ICT background, and as the world is in the 21st century, the Fourth Industrial Revolution (4IR), she said things need to be done differently.
She said growing the economy digitally is not the same as when they developed it industrially 30 years ago, it requires new thinking, new leadership.
“Our young people need new role models and they need people who will come and say they want to serve. We are professionals, we have been in the business space, we have run businesses, we have interacted with the government on this side and we know the pain and the frustration and we also understand, thanks to our experience and our qualifications , how things could work better on this side. serve and benefit both government and citizens. I feel that I can give a lot of my experience, I can contribute to the plight of women, whether through gender-based violence, by encouraging girls to take up different careers just to give them courage and hope. She said.