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Makhura officially elected premier

Members of the Gauteng Provincial Legislature have also taken their oath of office.

Newly elected Gauteng Premier David Makhura. Picture: Sapa.

JOHANNESBURG - David Makhura has officially been elected as Gauteng premier during the swearing in ceremony in the provincial legislature.

Gauteng was the most hotly contested province during the 7 May polls with the ANC receiving just over 53% of the vote.

A visibly cheerful Makhura watched as members of the Gauteng Provincial Legislature took their oath of office.

Gauteng's new premier has a tough task ahead of him as he tries to regain the ANC's 10 percent loss in support.

Some familiar faces have returned to the legislature, including Barbara Creecy and Jack Bloom.

There was no sign of former premier Nomvula Mokonyane whose name wasn't on the ANC's provincial list.

The ANC on Tuesday announced its seven premier candidates at its Luthuli House headquarters in central Johannesburg.

Outgoing Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs MEC Ntombi Mekgwe was confirmed as provincial speaker.

MAKHURA 'DEVOTED TO IMPROVING GAUTENG'

Makhura says he'll devote himself to improving the lives of Gauteng's citizens.

He was elected unopposed at the swearing in of Gauteng's new legislature in Johannesburg .

Makhura says the country's economic hub must continue to be a global attraction.

"The ANC government will work with all the people of our province to continue to promote this province as a province of choice and a destination of choice for all people from all over the world."

He says his government will do its best to ensure the province becomes the leading economy on the continent.

Makhura made the comments for the first time in his capacity as premier, saying the poor will not be left behind.

"We have been everywhere across the length and breadth of our province. We will urgently return to these communities with a plan to address pressing service delivery and development challenges they articulated during the election campaign."

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