Speaker Cllr Rhoda Sazi Mathabe
Cllr RS Mathabe is a mother of four (two boys and two girls), she was born in Loding Village, Ward 26. Cllr RS Mathabe, former Executive Mayor of Dr JS Moroka, stepped in her father’s shoes who was also once an Executive Mayor during the then Transitional Local Councils (TLC).
She started her primary education in Loding Primary School, her family moved to Libangeni, also in Dr JS Moroka, at Ward 19, for her high school education at Mbulawa and completed her matric at Hlalakahle High School. After obtaining her secondary education she furthered her tertiary education with University of Zululand, where she obtained a Bachelor’ of Arts Degree with Honours in Social Work (BASW).
She started being involved in politics early while still studying at University of Zululand, where she was an active member of Student Representative Council (SRC), and was appointed a Treasurer of South African Student Congress (SASCO), UNIZUL Branch and as a labour officer also at UNIZUL.
She is well known amongst the locals as the caring Social Worker Ruth Mathabe, she worked for 19 years in Siyabuswa Department of Social Development, as a Social Worker and later an Assistant Social Work Manager, also at the Department of Social Development.
Cllr Rhoda Sazi Mathabe has been a member of Mpumalanga Provincial Legislature since May 2014 and has served at various structures of the African National Congress (ANC) and its tripartite Alliance partners. She occupied many positions in NEHAWU and COSATU, at different levels. She is the member of the Quality Learning and Teaching Committee under Weltevrede Circuit.
Prior to her appointment as the Speaker of Dr JS Moroka Local Municipality in August 2016, she was a Member of Mpumalanga Legislature (MPL), chairing the Portfolio Committee on Human Settlements, Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs, before being moved to Chairing the Portfolio Committee on Public Works, Roads and Transport, Community Safety, Security and Liaison. She served as a committee member of Social Clusters then Economic Cluster, in Mpumalanga Provincial Legislature.