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Solly Tshepiso Msimanga
DA Federal Congress, 2010
|Mayor of City of Tshwane Metropolitan Municipality|
19 August 2016
|Preceded by||Kgosientso Ramokgopa|
16 July 1980 |
|Political party||Democratic Alliance|
|Alma mater||University of Pretoria (BCompt)|
Solly Tshepiso Msimanga (born 16 July 1980) is a South African politician and the current mayor of The City of Tshwane Metropolitan Municipality centered on the city of Pretoria. After the Democratic Alliance's victory in Tshwane in the 2016 election, Msimanga was elected mayor by Tshwane City Council on its first meeting.
Msimanga has a national diploma in marketing management and a BCompt from the University of Pretoria.
Msimanga first joined the DA in 2006. After having attended a DA event, he wrote to the party criticizing its campaign approach, and was soon offered a staff position by the party's CEO Ryan Coetzee. He eventually began rising through the ranks of the party. In 2011, he was elected to the Tshwane City Council, and the same year became the leader of the DA's Gauteng North region. In 2014, Msimanga would be elected as a member of the Gauteng Provincial Legislature, and he then proceeded to succeed Mike Moriarty as DA provincial chairperson in 2015.
In September 2015, Msimanga was announced as the DA's mayoral candidate for the City of Tshwane in the 2016 municipal elections. DA emerged as the largest party in the election, but without a majority. By forming a coalition with several smaller parties, and with the support of the Economic Freedom Fighters, Msimanga was elected as the executive Mayor of Tshwane. He is the first DA member to hold the post.
When he was elected Mayor, he stated his intention to outlaw blue-lights brigades in the City — for everyone except the President. “The only VIPs in the City will be the residents of the City,” he said.
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