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Eastern Cape Department of Transport’s Road Safety Educators team up with Traffic Officers in educating motorists and pedestrians about road safety through roadblocks and road shows.

Local school girls during their visit to the Department’s Bhisho Airport as part of the annual take a girl child to work day. This program twins with the Department’s commitment to providing bursaries and scholarships to young students from disadvantaged communities.

The team of Provincial Traffic Officers readily available to serve you by enforcing Traffic and other related laws in the roads of the Eastern Cape Province.

The Eastern Cape Department of Transport continues to diversify public transport to benefit the people of the province; the Kei Rail passenger service is continues to attract scores of passengers who use in their travelling through the province.

With the province being largely rural, stray animals remain one of our challenges which the Department is vigorously responding to with the Stray Animals Management Program by appointing Road Rangers tasked with removing them from the road.

Profile: MEC Thandi Marawu PDF Print E-mail
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Saturday, 09 August 2008 10:33

Thandiswa Marawu was born of a working class family in the small town of Grahamstown in the Eastern Cape. Her parents were peasants who suffered the oppression of working long hours earning meagre salaries from the labour exploiters of the time. Her background played an important role in shaping her as a political activist with her activism leading to an unwarranted attention from the apartheid security forces. She was in and out of prison for fighting against apartheid and her parents became familiar with unannounced visits from the security forces.


Her parents decided to remove her from the attention of the security forces and sent her to undertake studies as a teacher at Masibulele College of Education in Whittlesea near Queenstown in 1984. Ironically, this propelled her political activism as she became involved in student politics. She was amongst the pioneers who fought for the election of Student Representative Councils in colleges of education to represent the interests of students, which included, doing away with the prefect system.


Having completed her studies in 1986 she started teaching in Ugie where she further cut her political teeth. That was the year declared by the ANC President General Oliver Tambo as the year in which South Africa was to be made ungovernable. Thandi initiated mass protests against the then government; lead frontally the rent boycotts against the municipality of Ugie. She was instrumental in the establishment of the ANCWL and ANC branches in Ugie and was amongst those who had the courage to lead the ANC under the threat of being annihilated by the apartheid regime.


Her dedication to the struggle against apartheid led her to be noticed by higher structures of the ANC and she became the deputy chairperson of the ANC in the Engcobo region. Due to her leadership qualities and rootedness amongst the people in her community she became the first democratically elected Mayor of Ugie in 1995. She was elected as the Speaker of the Joe Gqabi district municipality and later became the first female Executive Mayor to lead this municipality.


Currently she is the Provincial Treasurer of the ANC in the Eastern Cape, Provincial Deputy Chairperson of the ANCWL, and Joe Gqabi regional chairperson of the ANCWL. She was also the deputy chairperson of the South African Local Government Association in the Eastern Cape Province. MEC Marawu has proven to be the true servant of the people and remains strongly attached to the ordinary people on the ground.

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