James Masango newly elected provincial leader

Mr James Masango (newly elected provincial leader: DA Mpumalanga).

Mr James Masango is the newly elected DA provincial leader.

Mr Masango is passionate about improving people’s lives in Mpumalanga and one of his major projects is voter education.

“People should know why are they voting for a particular party.

“Their decisions should not be based on a certain party slaughtering a cow during a rally.”

He believes it is important for political leaders to understand the people they are serving.

The DA leader joined politics as a member of the Democratic Party in 1994.

He was elected as the Democratic Alliance Mpumalanga’s deputy chairman in 2000 and became chairman in 2004.

“I have been serving the community with dignity for more than 10 years, not only DA members, but everyone,” Mr Masango said.

He voiced his dissatisfaction about the health system in the province, saying it is deteriorating.

This includes a shortage of doctors and infrastructure problems.

He plans to embark on a new project that will focus on the unemployed young people.

He will be visiting different towns and addressing issues affecting them.

“Seeing that there is a large number of unemployed young people, it is important to know where they are, what they are doing and what their challenges are,” he also said.

The project began in Matsulu on 11 April.

Mr Masango also aired his views about the increasing number of school dropouts.

“Yes, the matric pass rate has improved, but there’s more dropouts.”

He wants the government to provide quality education.

This DA leader, who grew up in Middelburg, is also concerned about service delivery issues.

“It is not right that places such as Bushbuckridge does not have water.”

He said the government must do away with cadre deployment and hire qualified people.

The father of two wants government to honour its promises.

When he is not working, you are most likely to find him at home watching soccer, being a huge fan of Kaizer Chiefs, Liverpool FC and Barcelona FC.

Even though the world keeps on evolving, he remains deeply rooted in his Ndebele culture.

“I still practice my culture, it is an important part of who I am.”

The nature of his work often takes him away from home and he always looks forward to home-cooked traditional food when he returns. “I love traditional food such as pap and meat, morogo (African spinach) and tripe.” This South African is determined to change the political landscape in the province.

 

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Senamile Phungula
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