Cllr. Mxolisi Koyo
Mxolisi Clifford Koyo was born in Camama Forest: Cofimvaba the former Transkei area. He completed a Diploma in Agriculture at Tsolo College of Agriculture, Diploma in Agricultural Extension & Rural Development and a Bachelor’s Degree in Agriculture majoring in Extension, Rural Development and Land use planning at the University of Fort Hare, Alice.
In 1987-1989 he was the member of Tracor Workers Association and Secretary of Umngazi Unit. In 1989-1992 member of Student Bodies at Fort Hare i.e. SASCO and Chairperson of Agriculture Faculty Association between 1990-1992 he was a member of ANC and ANC YL in Alice when he was at Fort Hare. Between 1993-1994 he was a lecturer at Tsolo College of Agriculture in the field of Extension and Rural Sociology. In 1992-1997 he was a member of the ANC at Umtata Branch and members of the team deployed by NUM for ANC canvassing for 1994 elections. Under NUM he worked with ex-mine workers in the former Transkei, Lesotho and Swaziland. Between 1997-1999 he was an REC member of the former Engcobo ANC Region and then Treasurer; also he visited areas like Israel to learn more on regional and rural development.
In 1999-2001 RTT member during re-alignment and Convenor at Intsika Yethu Sub Region. In 2002-2004 he was the Chairperson of the Old Chris Hani Branch and Intsika Yethu Sub-Region. From 2000 he was employed as the scheme Manager at Ncora Irrigation Scheme in the field of Development he worked in various Irrigation Schemes under Department of Agriculture. From 2004 to 2009 he was elected as the Chairperson of new Chris Hani ANC Branch at Intsika Yethu Sub Region. In 2002 to date he was nominated as a Board Member of Amatola Water as Chairman of the Finance Committee and in 2006 was elected as a Board member of Qamata Irrigation Scheme.
The first democratic Local Government Election for Developmental Local Government in 2000, got him elected as a PR Councilor to the CHDM and he became Head for Infrastructure Standing Committee. In the 2006 elections, he got elected again for another term and became member of the Mayoral Committee and Head of Integrated Planning and Economic Development. In June 2011 he was elected Executive Mayor of Chris Hani District Municipality, a position he currently holds. He is also serving as a Deputy Chairperson of the Eastern Cape South African Local Government Associaion (SALGA).
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