Know Your Leader Barei Mosiane-Segotso: ANC PEC Member

The Executive Mayor of Dr Kenneth Kaunda District Municipality, Barei Mosiane-Segotso, joined the liberation struggle after completing her matric at Baitshoki High School in Itsoseng near Lichtenburg.

After experiencing life under the apartheid government she joined the African National Congress Women’s League (ANCWL) under the Folo Manake branch in 1978.

She then went to train as a Provincial Coordinator at Malibongwe in the Eastern Cape. After this intensive training she was responsible for giving other ANC Women’s League members political education.

After the unbanning of Mass Democratic Movements (MDMs) Mosiane-Segotso joined the Tlokwe City Council as a Chief Whip from 1994 to 1999. She was then elected Speaker of the same municipality for a period of 10 years.

Barei is also a Provincial Executive Committee (PEC) member and serves in the Organising Committee, which is responsible for recruiting new members. She is also a member of the National Executive Committee (NEC) of the ANC Women’s League.

In 2016 Mosiane-Segotso was elected Mayor of Dr Kenneth Kaunda District Municipality. 

“As a district mayor I have a huge responsibility because we are responsible for the local municipalities that fall under our district. I play a very important role as I have to ensure that all programmes in the municipality are well managed and that they run properly. It is also our responsibility to see that services are delivered to people and that they receive the adequate training that will help them to lead sustainable lives,” she said. 

Mosiane-Segotso told Mogolodi that the ANC is her political party of choice because it has helped to liberate the people of South Africa and give them access to economic opportunities. 

“One example is the Villages, Townships, and Small Dorpies (VTSD) Retail Economy that was launched by Premier Supra Mahumapelo. Through this initiative, the youth have been empowered by receiving business opportunities such as butcheries, tuckshops and hair salons. These business owners will also be buying their stock at the VTSD Hyper so we can see that money will be circulating within the local community,” she said.

On unity within the movement, Mosiane-Segotso said ANC members should stop infighting and work for the movement. 

“The people who built the ANC had a vision which was to take the country forward. It is important that we follow in their footsteps as the ANC does not belong to any individual but to those who are willing to sacrifice their lives and serve selflessly.”

Mosiane-Segotso said in the time she has spent within the ANC she has learnt some important skills. 

“I have learnt public speaking skills, local government management and project management skills. The ANC has taught me to respect people from different backgrounds and work with them towards a common goal,” she said. 

The mayor said the Dr KK District Municipality is also involved in some community work to help the less fortunate. 

“Every year we collect tinned food and we distribute it to the less fortunate. In January every year we identify schools and provide uniforms and school shoes to them. On 11 February 2018 we will be visiting Boskuil Farm School where we will be giving 418 learners school shoes and uniforms.”

She said the ANC Women’s League takes women empowerment seriously and has helped a number of women to register co-operatives so that they can earn a living for themselves.

Her message to unemployed youth is that they should not have a fear of going out there and doing jobs that are considered as menial. She says you have to start somewhere in life and soon you will be doing that office job that many consider to be fancy.

Mosiane-Segotso has been involved in politics for most of her life and the only job she has done outside politics was working as a private teacher at Oudedorp Farm School in Boskop near Potchefstroom.