Our Journey – Ekurhuleni
On 5 December 2000, seven years after the historic Convention for a Democratic South Africa (CODESA) which took place at the World Trade Centre in Kempton Park, the local government authorities of the nine cities and towns east of Gauteng, and 11 further administrations were formed into the Ekurhuleni Metropolitan Municipality (EMM), then the fourth largest metropolitan municipality in South Africa.
This resulted in the disestablishment of the previous local administrations which were absorbed into the new structure. These councils were Alberton (Thokoza), Benoni (Daveyton, Actonville, Wattville, Etwatwa), Boksburg (Vosloorus, Reiger Park), Kempton Park (Tembisa), Germiston (Katlehong, Palm Ridge, Zonkesizwe), Springs (Kwa Thema, Bakerton), Nigel (Duduza), Brakpan (Geluksdal, Tsakane), Edenvale/Lethabong, the Khayalami Metropolitan Council and the Eastern Gauteng Services Council.
In order to address the new municipality’s numerous challenges and to provide direction for the creation of a better and improved living and working environment, a long term vision for the municipality was developed – the Growth and Development Strategy (GDS) 2025. It has since reviewed this first strategy and has the GDS 2055 in place.
With the establishment of the new metropolitan municipality in December 2000, it was given a Tsonga name, ‘Ekurhuleni’, by the people of the region, meaning ‘Place of Peace’. The choice of a Tsonga word is symbolic of the diversity of the new city and its vision of an equitable and progressive community.
On 31 May 2001 the new corporate identity was approved. A tangible investment in its future, this corporate identity set Ekurhuleni apart from other cities and towns in its depiction of the culture, geography and natural resources of the area, its history and economic activity and the aspirations of the municipality.
The corporate identity comprises a corporate logo, Ekurhuleni Metropolitan Municipality, a logo used for marketing – City of Ekurhuleni – and an official Coat of Arms. In May 2017 the name was gazetted from Ekurhuleni Metropolitan Municipality to that of City of Ekurhuleni.
The individual elements of the logo have their own separate meaning and ideology and combine into a balanced and harmonious unit which depicts the people and the elements that are the essence of Ekurhuleni.
- The green of the central person depicts the environment and agriculture;
- The ellipse which forms the head of the human figure is black to represent the importance of coal to the region;
- The yellow irregular triangle between the head and the body of the human figure represents the gold mining industry;
- The large irregular blue shape depicts vitally important aviation and water elements in Ekurhuleni; and
- The vibrant and dynamic red area serves as both a balancing element to shape the logo and to link the organisation to the national flag.
Also known as the Crest, the Coat of Arms is for the exclusive use of the Office of the Executive Mayor and is used on mayoral stationery and official items, indicating the highest office.
- The guiding theme is contained in the meaning of the name Ekurhuleni – A Place of Peace. A blue firmament holds up a graphic symbol of peace;
- The white dove is a symbol of the spirit and the olive branch symbolises the growth of that peace. At the bottom of the shield is the depiction of the historical strength of the region;
- Gold and related minerals. At the top left is a symbol for nuclear fusion that represents scientific development and progress – the rational ambitions of the region;
- The top right trine features a combination of a traditional and a modern musical instrument, a kudu horn and a trumpet, that is a link to the spiritual through the practice of the arts.
These three aspects form a holistic depiction of human needs - to work, to grow and to learn.
- Flanking the crest are two supporters in the form of two women in traditional dress. They represent nurturing and guidance within the human family. The oak leaves at the base of the supporters represent the promise of growth.
- Between the leaves is the symbol for water and lakes – the key resource to life.
- The motto ‘prosper in peace’ completes the Coat of Arms by expressing the essential mission and hope of the Ekurhuleni region to Prosper in Peace.
Mayors and City Managers Timeline
2016 - Current
Mayor - Mzwandile Masina
Not only a resident of Ekurhuleni, first citizen of Cllr Mzwandile Masina was also born and raised in the City. Prior to taking up the reins of executive mayor in 2016, Mayor Masina was Deputy Minister of Trade and Industry. He is also the Regional Chairperson of the ANC in Ekurhuleni and served previously as convener of the ANC Youth League. He has held various positions, including CEO of the Gauteng Film Commission, Deputy Director-General at the Gauteng Department of Sport, Arts, Culture and Recreation, Chief Director in the Ministry of Mineral Resources, Director at the DTI, Director at the City of Ekurhuleni and General Manager at Uthingo.
2016 - Current
2016 - Current
City Manager - Imogen Mashazi
A resident of Ekurhuleni, Dr Mashazi has over 20 years’ experience in local government. She has worked her way through the ranks from operational staff member to COO and now city manager. Dr Mashazi headed up the City’s Health and Social Development Department, was acting CEO for Nigel and worked her way up to Chief Operations Officer before settling into the office of the City Manager.
2010 - 2016
Mayor - Mondli Gungubele
Born in the Eastern Cape, Clr Mondli Gungubele had ample experience of and in Gauteng before taking up his role as Mayor of Ekurhuleni in November 2010. His roles in the Gauteng legislature included Head of the Economic Affairs Committee, member of the Executive Council on Health and a spell in the Department of Sport, Recreation, Arts and Culture.
2010 - 2016
17 August 2009 – 31 August 2016
City Manager - Khaya Ngema
A native of Ekurhuleni and past pupil of Katlehong High School, Khaya Ngema has credentials of the highest order. With a BA Arts degree, Post Graduate Diploma in Management and a Master of Arts in Public Policy and Administration, the latter from The Institute of Social Studies in Holland, Ngema has served at both national and provincial government level. From Directorships in Strategy in the Office of the Premier of Gauteng (1997-98) and Corporate Services in the Department of Public Service and Administration (2000-2005), Ngema became DG in the Mpumalanga Provincial Government in December 2005, a position he held until 2008. After a brief spell as Group Executive of Strategy in the South African Revenue Service Ngema was redeployed as City Manager of Ekurhuleni Metropolitan Municipality.
Mayor - Ntombi Mekgwe
Ntombi Mekgwe started her involvement in politics at a very young age, being involved in the Congress of South African Students (COSAS) as well as in the ANC Youth League. Clr Mekgwe became Mayor in 1994 serving in the Executive Committee of the Nigel Transitional Local Council (TLC) from 1995 – 2000. She served as a Ward Councillor from 2000-2006, as well as Speaker of the Ekurhuleni Metropolitan Municipality from 2001-2006.
Clr Mekgwe was re-elected as the Speaker of Council in 2006. She held the position of Executive Mayor of Ekurhuleni Metropolitan Municipality from her election in July 2008 to 2010.
1 June 2006 – 31 March 2009
City Manager - Patrick Flusk
Patrick Flusk became the second City Manager of the Ekurhuleni Metro in June 2006. He was previously the Deputy Director General for free basic services for the Department of Provincial and Local Government, and was a project co-ordinator at Project Consolidate and advisor to the minister.
Shortly after his appointment, as per the institutional review of the organization, changes were brought to the top structure of the organization, which was but six years old. The top structure changed to have three deputy city managers, each heading different clusters, reporting directly to Flusk.
2001 – 2008
Mayor - Duma Nkosi
Duma Nkosi was elected to the challenging position of chairperson of the Parliamentary Portfolio Committee on Minerals and Energy in 1997 three years after being elected a Member of the South African Parliament. In this role, he was responsible for the smooth functioning of this committee, which involved ensuring it fulfills its functions of monitoring the Department of Minerals and Energy, mineral and energy legislation processes, and any other matters relating to the Department or institutions associated with it.
2001 – 2008
10 May 2001 – 31 May 2006
City Manager - Paul Maseko
Paul Maseko the first metropolitan municipality to appoint a City Manager, Ekurhuleni named Paul Maseko to this position on 10 May 2001. No newcomer to local government, Maseko at the time was writing his doctoral thesis entitled ‘Leadership Strategies for Stabilising Local Government in South Africa’ – an indication of the focus he brought to the role.
2000 – 2001
Mayor - Bavumile Vilakazi
Bavumile Vilakazi an East Rand resident, born in Evaton, Bavumile Vilakazi was EMM’s first Executive Mayor. With a background as the ANC Gauteng Provincial Secretary and as a dedicated public servant, Vilakazi presided over Council in its fledgling months. Sadly, Clr Vilakazi passed away in 2005 during his tenure as SA High Commissioner to Uganda.
2000 – 2001
Awards & Achievements
The City is delighted to be the number one metro in terms of delivering quality services to its citizens. It was named number one in the Gauteng City Region Observatory Quality of Life Survey 2017/18.
Moody’s Credit Rating
Moody’s Investors Service published the City of Ekurhuleni’s credit opinion for the current financial year on 7 February 2019, in which the City maintained the highest possible rating of Aaa.za and Prime -1.za with a stable economic outlook.
In the Auditor General’s 2017/2018 Financial Year Audit, the City received an unqualified audit opinion. The AG found an improvement in the overall outcome of performance reporting in the City, earning it an unqualified audit on performance information.