The ANC’s Gauteng provincial executive on Monday elected Sputla Ramokgopa as its candidate for Tshwane’s new mayor. Ramokgopa is expected to replace his aunt Gwen, who was appointed deputy minister of Health, when council meets to vote on Tuesday afternoon.
WHO IS SPUTLA RAMOKGOPA?
Kgosientso Sputla Ramokgopa entered politics in 2001 when he was elected as a ward councilor in Atteridgeville, west of Pretoria.
He quit the post only a few years later to take up a position as an official in the Johannesburg City Council and in 2006 as the chief executive of the Johannesburg Fresh Produce Market. In 2008, he was awarded the Boss of the Year award for his work at the market.
Ramokgopa holds masters degree in public administration and business leadership as well as a civil engineering degree. He returned to politics last year when elected chairman of the Tshwane region.