Johannesburg - Cosatu in Gauteng on Wednesday welcomed the ANC's decision to appoint David Makhura as the province's premier.

“We believe that comrade David Makhura will lead the province to face the current difficulties facing the people of Gauteng,” the Congress of SA Trade Unions' provincial office bearers said in a statement.

“We also know that such a difficult task does not rest with him as an individual, but it will require the collective efforts of all the motive forces in the revolution including the people of Gauteng as a whole.”

Makhura, who is the African National Congress's Gauteng secretary, replaces Nomvula Mokonyane as premier.

Makhura and co-operative governance MEC Ntombi Mekgwe reportedly vied for the premier's job. In the end Makhura was appointed and Mekgwe was appointed provincial speaker.

The Umkhonto we Sizwe Military Veterans' Association in Gauteng welcomed Makhura's appointment.

“We commit to work closely with him to unite and strengthen the ANC, the tripartite alliance, the leagues and the mass democratic movement to enhance discipline, collective and accountable leadership that will singularly advance the goals of the national democratic revolution,” chairman Duma Mlabo said in a statement.

Sapa