The new Western Cape MECs, who were appointed to their posts about two weeks ago, have officially taken their place in their new offices this week.

Premier Alan Winde recently made the new appointments following the resignation of Debbie Schafer as Education MEC, and the dismissal of Albert Fritz who served as MEC for Community Safety.

The new MEC for Education, David Maynier, says he will launch his Listening and Learning Program this week to liaise with role players across the province to see how education in the Western Cape can be further improved.

Maynier replaces Debbie Schafer and says good communication is the key to helping the province’s education sector grow even further.

The newly appointed provincial MEC for Finance and Economic Opportunities, Mirelle Wenger says she will make job creation in the Western Cape her top priority.

Wenger says she will follow in the footsteps of her predecessor, David Maynier.

She says Maynier left her with a strong foundation and clear strategy for her department.

Reagen Allen has been appointed as the new MEC for Police Oversight and Community Safety, Tertius Simmers as the MEC for Infrastructure, and Daylin Mitchell as the MEC for Mobility.

Watch Premier Alan Winde’s full announcement here.

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The Western Cape Transport MEC, Daylin Mitchell has warned that if the tax-violence continues here in the Mother City, he would be left with no choice but to close down certain taxi-routes and ranks.

Mitchell says the on-going violence threatens the safety of both commuters and legally-operating taxi drivers.

He says taxi-violence has, since the beginning of the year, claimed the lives of 76 people here in the province.

This week alone, three more people were killed in shootings in Mew Way, Khayelitsha and Delft.

Access the full briefing here.

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