News - Date: 05 March 2012
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South Africa’s youngest mayor, Cllr Carol Phiri (27) of Musina, has been recognised for promoting youth development and energetic leadership, despite growing up in an indigent environment.
The Limpopo-based Muebi and Ranwedzi Productions, which mainly focus on youth development, presented Phiri with a special award at an event that was held at Muledane, outside Thohoyandou, a fortnight ago.
One of the organisers of the event, Owen Muebi, said the young mayor was a successful role model which all South African youths could look upon to nurture their youthful future leadership roles in their communities. “We are very proud of her and believe the award will also encourage our young people to work hard, despite all the challenges they come across in life.”
Phri said she was honoured to receive the award from fellow youths who were grateful of her achievements so far. “I am just a hard worker by nature. I never do anything for name or fame. It makes me happy to realize that there are people who are noticing my contributions to the development of the youth in this country.”
It has been a long a winding road for Phiri to be where she is today. Presently a police reservist, Phiri joined the ANC Youth League and the Young Communist League in 1999 when she was 15 years old. She was by then a member of Cosas at the Musina High School branch. As a member of the ANC in the Sebata Branch (Musina), she became a member of Sasco at Tswane University of Technology where she studied financial management.
From 2006 to 2007, she became branch chairperson of the Sebata ANCYL in the Musina sub-region. From 2007 to date, she has been the treasurer of the Musina Youth Council and from 2008 to 2010 she was Musina sub-regional treasurer of the ANCYL. In 2008 she was elected branch secretary of the ANC Sebata Branch in Musina and from 2008 to 2011 she was deputy secretary of the Alpheus Malivha District Young Communist Party. From 2008 to 2010 she was secretary of the Wilson Nedambale Branch of the SACP. She is presently provincial interim committee member of the Young Communist League of South Africa and member of the provincial executive committee of the ANCYL.
Phiri is not new to administration and politics. Before she became mayor of Musina, she was employed by the Department of Sport, Arts and Culture where she was responsible for budget, salaries and expenditure.