Meet The Mayor
In 2013, Cllr Ndobe registered for Masters in Business Administration (MBA) with the Management College of Southern Africa (MANCOSA) that he completed in 2016 .
Cllr. Mluleki Ezekiel Ndobe was born in 1975 in Koks’hill location at UMzimkhulu. He did his primary education in Zwelibanzi JSS, his senior secondary education at Ibisi SSS where he matriculated in 1995. In 1996 he temporarily worked as a substitute teacher at Ibisi SSS, temporarily worked for Statistics South Africa as the Regional Census Manager and other private companies in Johannesburg. In 1997 he was admitted at UMzimkhulu College of Education to enrol for the Teacher’s Diploma. In the same year Cllr Ndobe was also admitted in the University of Transkei that is now known as Walter Sisulu University to do law but due to lack of affordability of his parents he could not go to Unitra, he was then compelled to go to the College of Education, of which he also developed love and passion to work learners and Communities.
Cllr Ndobe completed his diploma in education in 1999. In 2000 he did a computer literacy course in UMzimkhulu College. In 2001 he worked as an administrator in the UMzimkhulu branch office of SADTU. In the middle of 2001 he was appointed as a Regional Census Manager for Statistics South Africa in the then Sisonke District. Cllr Ndobe was employed as a teacher in April 2002 at Rietvlei JSS where he demonstrated a lot of creativity and passion for education. In 2003 he registered for Further Diploma in Education Management (FDE management) with the University of Transkei that was later renamed as Walter Sisulu University (WSU) that he completed in 2004. He further registered for BED Honours Degree in Education but due to the change of career he could not complete it.
In 2006 he was elected as a PR Councillor representing the ANC in UMzimkhulu municipality where he served as an Executive Committee Member heading Corporate Services Department. While he was still a teacher he registered Human Resources Management with Business Management College in Johannesburg (BMT College).In 2007 he was appointed as a Corporate Services Manager in the same municipality and had to resign as a councillor. As a Corporate Services Manager he has acquired a lot of skills and experience in management, conflict resolution, communication, policy formulation, diversity management, interpersonal relations, performance management and job evaluation, IDP formulation and budgeting etc. While working as the Corporate Services Manager he has done the following courses: Certificate Program in Municipal Development for Municipal Finance (CPMD-MF )with Wits Business School (NQF 6), Certificate in Project Management (NQF 5), IDP certificate (NQF 5) etc
Cllr Ndobe joined the ANC at a very young age. He was born into the struggle and grew up in the struggle. There is no other organization that he knows except the ANC, its Leagues and Allies. He was inspired by the activities of the UDF in the late 80’s as well as student actions in the early 90’s. He officially joined the ANCYL in 1990 at the age of 15 and the ANC in 1993 at the age of 18 though he was already participating in a number of campaigns but due to age he could not officially join the ANC in 1990 at the time of the unbanning. He participated in many campaigns against oppression in the early 90’s including the youth and students protests during and after the release of former President Nelson Mandela.
Cllr Ndobe has been a member and a leader of COSAS, a member and a leader of SASCO in the branch and the former Transkei region, while at tertiary has been the President of the SRC for two terms and a Deputy President of the Eastern Cape Colleges Union of SRCs (ECCU), was an active member of SADTU, was once a member of COSATU, currently a member of the SACP, has been a branch chairperson of the ANCYL for many terms, has been a regional secretary of the ANCYL in Alfred Ndzo region in the Eastern Cape and therefore an ex-officio member of the PEC of the ANCYL, has been an Acting Regional Chairperson of the ANCYL in Alfred Ndzo region after the tragic passing away of the then Regional Chairperson, has been a convener of the regional task team in the Sisonke Region that led to the launch of the first regional structure of the ANCYL after more than 9 years of failed attempts, he has been an REC member of the ANC in the Harry Gwala Region since 2006 and thereafter in 2008 he was elected uncontested as the Regional Chairperson and by the virtue of being the Regional Chairperson he was also an ex-officio member of ANC Provincial Executive Committee in Kwa-Zulu Natal Province. This is a position that he held for three consecutive terms.
In 2011, Cllr Ndobe was inaugurated as the Mayor of the then Sisonke District municipality, the position that he is currently holding with great respect and humility. In 2013, Cllr Ndobe registered for Masters in Business Administration (MBA) with the Management College of Southern Africa (MANCOSA) that he completed in 2016.
In the year 2015, Cllr Ndobe due to his outstanding astute leadership was elected to the ANC PEC in the KZN Province as the Provincial Deputy Secretary and as the PDS he was given a responsibility among others leading Governance Programs and staff related matters in the ANC Provincial Office .
In 2016, he was also elected as the Kwa Zulu Natal Provincial SALGA Chairperson and by the virtue of being elected into this position; he is an Ex- Officio Member of the National Executive Committee of SALGA where he is also a member of the statutory body responsible for constitutional amendments.
Cllr Ndobe has travelled widely on political study tours and representing the sector and our Country in many World Conferences.
Cllr Ndobe is a humble but firm leader, hardworking and always strives for excellence; He is very bias towards the poorest of the poor, passionate about youth and women development.
Cllr Ndobe is married and blessed with six kids.