MEC: HUMAN SETTLEMENTS AND PUBLIC WORKS
Mr. Jomo Sibiya
KwaZulu-Natal MEC for Human Settlements and Public Works Ntuthuko Mbongiseni aka Jomo Sibiya is no political novice or upstart. The better part of his adult life has been interwoven with countless struggles dating back to his political activism as a student at the University of KwaZulu-Natal to the day to day struggle fighting poverty, under-development, ignorance and inequality.
Born in the rural area of eSilutshane in eNquthu in northern KwaZulu-Natal, MEC Sibiya has an intimate knowledge of the ugly face of grinding poverty and under-development. It is this harsh exposure seeing rural folks struggling to eke out a basic existence that spurred him to be politically active in order to fundamentally change the inequality in society so that today could be better than yesterday and by extension tomorrow could be better than today.
MEC Sibiya did his basic education in eNquthu where he did his primary education at eSilutshane Primary and proceeded to Ekucabangeni High School where he did his secondary education and completed his matric. In 2008, he graduated in Political Science at the University of KwaZulu-Natal’s Westville Campus. He has had a fair share of political leadership roles whose genesis was in the African National Congress Youth League structures in eThekwini Region.
It was during his studies at the UKZN that he led the ANCYL Branch in the Westville Campus. He got elected Ward 24 ANC Branch Deputy Secretary in eThekwini Region after he had left university and was later elected Ward 24 ANC Branch Secretary. Ward 24 incorporated some part of Westville, Berea West and Chesterville. Subsequently he got elected ANCYL eThekwini Regional Chairperson between 2011 and 2013. The eThekwini Region had the unenviable honour of being the largest ANC Region in the country. In 2012, he was elected to the eThekwini Regional Executive Committee (REC) and also got elected to serve in the Regional Working Committee (RWC). MEC Sibiya’s political credentials clearly demonstrates he has never been parachuted to leadership positions. In 2014 he relocated back home in eNquthu and he got elected to the Regional Executive Committee of iNkosi Bhambatha Region. MEC Sibiya is no stranger to Government and its systems as he has worked as Director at KZN Cogta where he was tasked to drive and steer the Local Government Turn-Around Strategy (LGTAS).
It is precisely during his time at KZN Cogta that MEC developed a results-driven and oriented approach to service delivery all done within the confine of the enabling legislative framework such as the Public Finance Management Act (PFMA) and other attendant legislation.
MEC Sibiya staunchly believe that requisite legislation should never be used as a subterfuge not to hasten the tempo in bringing the much needed service delivery to the overwhelming masses of our people. During the May 2014 national elections, MEC Sibiya was elected Member of the Provincial Legislature where he served in various Portfolio Committees among which include the Human Settlements Portfolio Committee as an alternate member.
After the 2019 General Elections, he was re-elected Member of the Provincial Legislature in the sixth administration which subsequently saw him being elected Chairperson of the Education Portfolio Committee playing oversight to the largest Education Department in the Republic of South Africa in terms of pupil enrollment with a budget almost equaling that of the Department of Defence.
On the 09th of March 2021, MEC Sibiya was appointed to his incumbent Executive position following the reconfiguration of the Provincial Executive Council by Premier Sihle Zikalala.
MEC Sibiya was elected to the Provincial Executive Committee of the African National Congress in 2018. He is married to Simphiwe Msimango, a former Social Worker by profession and have kids together. MEC Sibiya is a keen subsistence farmer in both livestock and crop production including breeding cattle and among his hobbies include hunting game.
He is an ardent of Orlando Pirates football club and during his formative years he was a prolific footballer and commenced his football career as a defender and plied his trade in the Vodacom League playing for different football clubs and later on played as a striker or goal poacher of note hence he got nicknamed after the South African Prince of Football Ephraim Matsilele “Jomo” Sono.