RAMAILA IN THE WINGS AS
EXECUTIVE MAYOR OF SEKHUKHUNE
EXECUTIVE MAYOR OF SEKHUKHUNE
Although he has been away from local government leadership for ten years, Stan Ramaila returns to an environment and territory that he knows very well having been part of the initial political leadership which laid the foundation for a development local government we see today.
When ANC chairman and Limpopo Premier Chupu Mathabatha unveiled the names of all strategic Limpopo Mayoral candidates at the Limpopo Siyanqoba rally at the packed Peter Mokaba stadium oa month before the 3dr August elections, the name of Stan Ramaila was one of them.
Barring a miracle, Ramaila has emerge on the 4 August 2016 as Executive Mayor of Sekhukhune District Municipality after South Africa’s local government elections 2016. The soft spoken former teacher is indeed a veteran of local government having been part of the first leadership core that established a new local government dispensation in the country soon after the 1994 first democratic elections.
Once South Africa had disposed of the serious business of elections on 27 April 1994 and ushering in a new democratic order under iconic president Nelson Mandela, the country paid attention to the establishment of a new order in local government and Ramaila was one of the first in Limpopo Province to serve in Pre-Interim Phase structures. He subsequently became the first chairperson of Nebo and ultimately Makhuduthamaga Transitional Local Council (TLC).
As chairperson of Makhuduthamaga TLC he automatically became of the erstwhile Northern District Council (NDC) led by Danie Botha and David Nkoana. The NDC was in charge of local government in Limpopo Province except for Bushveld (Waterberg). In 1998, Ramaila was elevated to the position of Chairperson of the Northern District Council, making him politically the most senior local government leader in the province,a postion equivalent to SALGA provincial chaiperson.
The above is clear testimony to Ramaila’s experience in the field of local government.
The positions he obtained in local government structures were possible due to his long involvement in the struggle for liberation in South Africa. Cutting his political teeth in the trade union movement in the National Union of Mineworkers in the early 1980s, he also played a pivotal role in the establishment and growth of the South African Democratic Teachers Union (SADTU) in the early 1990s in the Sekhukhune Region. For many years he also held several senior positions in the ANC both in the Sekhukhune Region and Limpopo Province. With this kind of political pedigree, Ramaila is the perfect candidate to lead rural Sekhukhuneland to a brighter future in the next five years.
Born to Mamogwane and Modjadji Ramaila in Phokoane, the home of Health Minister Dr Aaron Motsoaledi, in 1961, Ramaila began his education at Mokgoma Primary School and proceeded to Phatametsana Secondary School in Phokwane. Interestingly, the young man from Sekhukhune dropped out of high school before completing matric and found himself working in the Witbank coal mines in the early 1980s where he joined the resurgent National Union of Mineworkers(NUM) then led by Cyril Ramaphosa. He later returned home to complete matric and obtained his teacher’s qualification before embarking on his distinguished career in local government. His illustrious career in local government includes being a Member of the Mayoral Committee in the 1st council of Sekhukhune District Municipality from 2000-2006
Executive Mayor Cllr Stan Ramaila is currently the deputy Chairperson of the African National Congress in Sekhukhune Region. Cde Stan has many years of business experience and is also passionate about issues of local and regional economic development .
Speaking to limpopoonline recently, Stanley Ramaila said “I am a devout catholic and my favouriteteams are Kaizer Chiefs and Arsenal. Although I grew up and live away from the coastline, seafood is my favourite food and I enjoy both gospel and classical music".