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Reaching new heights. Stellenbosch Executive Mayor Adv. Gesie van Deventer puts up the first of her election posters in Franschhoek. With her are Cllr Minnie Petersen (DA candidate Ward 2) and Reginald Pheiffer (DA candidate Ward 1).

Stellenbosch Executive Mayor Adv. Gesie van Deventer, who has been nominated for a second term in office, launched her local government election poster on 16 September 2021.

Proceedings started in Stellenbosch, where she was joined by DA leader John Steenhuisen, DA constituency head Dr Leon Schreiber and DA parliamentary chief whip Natasha Mazzone, amongst others.  The mayor later also visited Franschhoek and Klapmuts to put up the first of her posters in these towns.

Standing in front of the Stellenbosch town hall, Steenhuisen said “Stellenbosch Municipality is a municipality that works, and the reason it works is because the DA gets things done. Our mission now is to free hundreds of thousands – even millions – more South Africans from the catastrophic failure that is ANC local government.”

Mayor van Deventer, outlined some of her administration’s successes with particular emphasis on progress made on housing, waste water treatment, recycling and water security. She also referred to the municipality taking the lead in reducing dependence on Eskom. “One of the things that makes me really angry is how Eskom disrupts our economy,” she said.  Other challenges that will be high on her priority list in the new term are backyard dwellers and public transport.

In Franschhoek the mayor said “Stellenbosch is a municipality of many ‘dorpies’, each with its own unique character, but they are all united in deserving a local government that delivers high quality basic services, is responsive to community needs and free of maladministration and corruption. That is why we are particularly proud of the clean audit that the municipality received from the Auditor-General of South Africa for the 2019/2020 financial year. I look forward to continue driving the long-term programmes that the DA has implemented in Stellenbosch since it took control of the council in 2011.”

Text & Image: Editorial Desk