Greetings to everyone from St Francis Bay. What a momentous month August has been. We knew that the elections were going to be a closely fought contest between the ANC and the DA. The DA took 17 of the 29 Council seats, with the ANC claiming 12. The new Kouga Council was inaugurated on Friday 19 August, with Elza van Lingen being elected the Mayor. There is no doubt from the Mayor’s speech and the way in which Councillor Hendricks managed the meeting in his capacity as Speaker, that Municipal performance and eradicating corruption are their top priorities. We met with our Ward Councillor, Ben Rheeder on Monday morning (22 August), to agree our immediate priorities. What a pleasure to see the urgency the new leadership is demonstrating to make a difference quickly.
Saving St Francis Roadshows:
So what have we “mere mortals” being doing while the “political titans” have been locked in contest? Since our last newsletter, we completed our Roadshows in Johannesburg, St Francis Bay and Port Elizabeth. We experienced full houses in all three centres, with 150 people attending the Joburg meeting, 180 at the St Francis Bay meeting, and 60 at the PE meeting. We have had good feedback from many people.