Apostle Neo Kutoane promises to revolutionize Sedibeng

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Representing the Black First, Land First Party (BLF) in the Sedibeng District Municipality, Apostle Neo Kutoane is contesting for the executive mayoral seat in the southern-Gauteng region.

Apostle Kutoane has been very active in local politics. From joining Sharpeville Phase 4 under SACP, he went to Rustenburg North West Boitekong became active member of ANC, Sanco and then joined the EFF in Ratanda. He has since joined the BLF and has risen the ranks to lead as the party’s District Coordinator.

The BLF has been holding an active political campaign. Apostle Kutoane is one of the three mayoral candidates representing the party in the district, along with Happy Nyawuza (Lesedi) and Veli Mcira (Emfuleni).

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Through meetings and interactions with communities, the party has introduced its manifesto, called a ‘battle-plan’ made to aggressively implement is promises.

“We need change and now as a matter of urgency. We as BLF are very clear on that. We have a 15 point Battle Plan,” said Kutoane.

Known as a pan-African party, BLF has ambitious plans to help the most disadvantaged members of the community. In the Battle Plan, the organization wants cut unemployment by employing all graduates; provide land to the landless; food security by having gardens in every household; save the township economy; establish a municipality bank, and; end corruption through punishing the corrupt and rewarding good governance.

According to the Apostle, the main priories for the BLF in Sedibeng are land, township economy to benefit the township and employ all graduates.

Kutoane is known for his work as a pastor, voice-over artist and Professional MC. He is also an actor and has recently appeared in the popular SABC 1 drama, Skeem Sam.

Election poster for Apostle Neo Kutoane representing the BLF in the Sedibeng District

About Sedibeng District

The district is located south of Gauteng and is one of the two district municipalities in the province. It has three local municipalities under its administration (Emfuleni, Lesedi and Midvaal).

The administrative seat of Sedibeng is Vereeniging. Sedibeng is home to over 957 529 people (2016 census) with 466 832 registered voters. In the previous municipal elections, only 57% cast their votes.

Major issues in this area include unemployment (sitting at around 42.6%), refuse disposal, polluted Vaal river caused by aging infrastructure,  and rising population growth. Sedibeng is home to townships Evaton, Sebokeng, Boipatong, Bophelong, Sharpeville and Ratanda, which have a rich political history and heritage.

Sedibeng is the fourth-largest contributor to the Gauteng economy, offering the best opportunity for growth and development as a result of availability of land for both residential and commercial development.

Composition of Council: ANC 11, DA 6, EFF 2, VF PLUS 1 (40% PR Seats)

Mayor:Lerato Maloka-Mkhize (ANC)

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