The newly formed Municipality – which comprised Malamulele, Vuwani and Hlanganani has been named after a former South African minister of public services and administration, Collins Chabane.
Fondly remembered as one of the finest cadres produced in the course of the South African struggle for liberation, Chabane passed away on 15th of March,2015 in a car crash.
Though the Vuwani community inflicted bruises on relevant authorities during the formation of the new municipality, the decision to rename the municipality was widely welcomed.
The ruling party’s Vhembe regional spokesperson Joseph Chauke said the decision was a way to keep his legacy alive and also honour him for his immense contribution towards the struggle for freedom.
The now Collins Chabane Local Municipality is made up 72 councillors, with an annual budget of R411m. The ANC has 59 seats, the EFF 6, the DA 2 and the Ximoko Party and the ACDP have one each.
During the municipality’s first council meeting, Joyce Bila was elected as its new mayor while Matome Lebea emerged as its new speaker.
The late minister became an active member of the underground ANC at the early age of seventeen after he was drawn to the struggle for national liberation.
Notably, when the ANC came into government in 1994, he served as a member of parliament in the national assembly and later in the Limpopo government as an MEC.
He also led the Inter-Ministerial Committee on State Funerals effortlessly, pulled out all stops to give Nelson Mandela a befitting funeral.