Makhura ready to confront Gauteng's issues

David Makhura said issues raised by residents, including e-tolls, were top of his agenda.

Newly appointed Gauteng Premier David Makhura. Picture:Vumani Mkhize/EWN

JOHANNESBURG - New Gauteng Premier David Makhura said he was ready to lead the province and tackle issues raised by residents.

Makhura said many issues raised by Gauteng residents, including e-tolls, were top of his agenda and he would work with national government to see what could be done.

He was elected as premier earlier this week, replacing Nomvula Mokonyane.

Makhura added people's grievances needed to be heard and addressed.

"Every issue that was raised by the people of Gauteng is on my agenda of important issues, because you can't dismiss people when they raise issues so we have to find solutions."

Yesterday Makhura announced changes to his provincial cabinet.

Outgoing Gauteng Education MEC Barbara Creecy was announced as the new finance MEC.

The appointment of Creecy to such an important post may be seen as a sign that Makhura is willing to work closely with those who held top jobs in Mokonyane's administration.

Panyaza Lesufi will replace Creecy in the provincial education department.

Lesufi's move to the province comes after he acted as spokesperson for Basic Education Minister Angie Motshekga.