Mbali Motsoeneng (26)

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2019 Mail & Guardian 200 Young South Africans

Politics & Government

Mbali Motsoeneng (26)

Mbali Motsoeneng (26)

Manager: Policy and Planning, Private Office of Executive Mayor, City of Johannesburg


We are still not in a time where our political discourse is effectively addressing socioeconomic issues facing the youth.

A specialist in policy formulation and planning, Mbali Motsoeneng hopes to change South Africa by reimagining policy in the public sector. She holds a Master’s of Management with specialisation in Public and Development Management at the Wits School of Governance, and is the manager of policy and planning in the office of the executive mayor of Johannesburg.

In the city, she focuses on governance, public safety, public health, fast-tracking key service delivery projects, and setting political directives on the city’s overall policies and strategies. Motsoeneng remarks: “We are still not in a time where our political discourse is effectively addressing socioeconomic issues facing the youth; if we are not fighting for the voiceless or underprivileged, then we are not serious about developing our country. So, educate people, and they will be more likely to challenge systems, structures and policies that disadvantage them.”

Motsoeneng is the national deputy chairperson of the DA Youth. She says: “The youth of the DA are offering a challenging voice, centered on issues of government accountability and transitioning campaigns, and offerings that are realistic and solutions orientated.”

Outside of politics and government, Motsoeneng was selected as a Global Shaper in 2018. She also is the vice chairperson of the alcohol harm reduction project in Alexandra, which addresses alcoholism in the informal settlement.

Twitter: @Mbali_bloom