Jack Bloom MPL
DA Gauteng Caucus Leader
The appointment of Mxolisi Eric Xayiya as the new Gauteng Economic Development MEC is a puzzling choice.
He does not have a strong economics background, unlike his predecessor Nkosiphendule Kolisile.
There are better qualified people in the ANC for this position, so it is a political appointment dictated by the balance of power between Premier Nomvula Mokonyane and Gauteng ANC Chairperson Paul Mashatile.
Xayiya has a daunting task as the department’s job creation efforts have mostly failed.
Voters will be better off under a DA administration that would implement a Youth Wage Subsidy and cut red tape for small businesses.