17 December 2018


Ramotshere Moiloa in good hands with Mayor Mothoagae


Dirontsho Sebego


02 September 2016

Not long ago Kereng Mothoagae was building tomorrow's future in the lecture room, grooming future nurses and doctors. Today she has been tasked with ensuring that the Ramotshere Moiloa Local Municipality municipality serves its people with excellence and delivers the required services rendered by the local government.

When she was called upon for deployment as Mayor of Ramotshere Moiloa Local Municipality in Bokone Bophirima province, Mothoagae did not stall. But some concluded that she was clueless about South African politics. The assumptions may have been backed by some credible information Mothoagae was after all fresh from a lecture room.

Mothoagae's political career kicked off many years ago when she participated in the United Nations petition to collect signatures for a campaign demanding the release of then political prisoner Nelson Mandela. She later took part in the 1976 youth uprising against the use of Afrikaans as a medium of instruction in schools. She was then a member of her school's Learner Representative Council and was arrested and detained without trial. She also served in the Mass Democratic Movement (MDM) structures when the African National Congress (ANC) was still a banned organisation.

She was in the first group of ANC Members of Parliament (MPs) following the democratic elections of 1994 and served there for 10 years until April 2004. She was in the National Council of Provinces (NCOP) in her first term as an MP and then served in the National Assembly in the second term of being an MP.

Her parents originate from Lehurutshe but moved to Alexandra Township in Johannesburg, where Mothoagae was born. They then relocated to Tladi in Soweto when she was four. This is where Mothoagae did her schooling from primary, Sekano-Ntoane Secondary School and then completed Grade 12 (then called Form Five) at Naledi High School. She graduated as a nurse from Natalspruit Hospital Nursing College. She qualified as a midwife at Baragwanath Hospital in Soweto and also graduated as a psychiatric and forensic nurse with the University of Free State.

After her decade in Parliament, Mothoagae enrolled with different tertiary institutions to further her education. She graduated with a BA (Cur) in which she majored in Education, Community Nursing, Occupational Health and Administration and she also did a course in Dispensing of Medicine with the University of Pretoria in 2007.

Her experience as a nurse includes rendering services as a professional nurse in the Department of Correctional Services from August 2005 to January 2013. In February 2013 she joined the Mmabatho College of Nursing as a lecturer.

The enthusiastic Mothoagae told Semphete that politics has always been part of her life. Even when she was not "actively involved in politics, I always followed political stories. When my two terms ended in Parliament, I did not become bitter because I always knew that another opportunity would present itself, just like now. When the ANC engaged me on becoming the Mayor for Ramotshere Moiloa, I could not refuse even though my career had taken another path," she said during her inauguration speech.

Mothoagae understands well the big task ahead in her mayoral position. "Bokone Bophirima Government has urged us to create income generating opportunities for communities and to also link our programmes with the province's five concrete pillars: Agriculture, Culture and Tourism (ACT), Villages, Townships and Small Dorpies (VTSD), Reconciliation, Healing and Renewal (RHR), Setsokotsane and Saamwerk-Saamtrek," she said.
"In order to make a success of these pillars, we need to work together as councilors, ward committees and the community at large. If we work together, we will move Ramotshere Moiloa forward," said Mayor Mothoagae.

She believes that it is her dedication, flexibility and vigilance that drove the governing party the ANC to deem it fit to give her a role of becoming the Mayor of Ramotshere Moiloa Local Municipality.

A single parent of two grown-up boys who is also a Jazz Grade III student is an active member of the Anglican Church and enjoys listening to jazz music, cycling and travelling. Mayor Mothoagae is currently studying towards a Masters in Business Administration (MBA) with Regenesys Business School.