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Office of the Chief whip


Miyelani Gladstone Chauke (born 04 July 1982) is a South African politician who served as the first Chief Whip of Collins Chabane Local Municipality from the 3rd of August 2016 till to date.

Born and raised in Mhinga village at Malamulele, Limpopo Province, Miyelani is one of Four Children of Beatrice who worked as a Domestic worker to raise her children against all odds.

Miyelani attended Rhangani primary school at Mhinga Village and acquired a secondary education at Adolph Mhinga High School in 2004.
He went and study in Business Management at the University of Limpopo, Turfloop campus and also furthered Computer Literacy diploma at the very same University.

Miyelani well known as Mabanana has been a powerful figure in the Politics of Limpopo and Vhembe region as a whole, positioning Collins Chabane as a sub-regional power broker and promoting the idea that all residents of Collins Chabane should live a better and quality life.

Miyelani was elected a chairman of the Youth League turfloop branch in 2008 until 2009 and was also elected to lead the ANCYL Mhinga branch as the Chairperson from 2010 until 2011.
During his activism days in the University, he was also elected to serve in the Students Representative Council as the chairperson for Culture and Religion.
While he was serving as the Branch Executive Committee member of the African National Congress in 2011, he was elected to serve as the sub-regional secretary of ANCYL Thulamela where he became the longest serving Secretary of the subregion.

In 2015 he was elected to serve in the ANCYL provincial level as the Provincial Treasurer until 2017. In 2016 he was sworn in as the first Chief Whip of the newly established Collins Chabane Local Municipality and he was later elected to serve as the Youngest Regional Executive Committee member of the African National Congress Vhembe region.

As a young person, growing up within a multicultural society and embracing culture and tradition, he served in several cultural and traditional formations in the University which saw him being elected to represents students in the SRC before joining the Parliamentary Constituency office in 2015 as the management committee member and appointed to serve a board member of Limpopo Gambling appointed by the MEC.

He worked for the Department of Water Affairs in Tzaneen and later join the Department of Cooperative Governance, Human Settlements and Traditional Affairs before joining the Department of Health in Malamulele as the deputy manager for Communications.

In 2016, the African National Congress through its majority seats in council saw it fit to deploy him as the first chief whip of Collins Chabane municipality where after he was sworn he declared that the municipality should prioritize the empowerment of young people, Our first priority will [be to] empower young people rather than those who are already working in some of the municipalities or government spheres. Our first to advance young people in terms of economic freedom, he said.