I believe I still have lots to offer the residents of Ward 1, including the experience gained over the past eight years as a hard-working Ward councillor.
I am now standing as an independent candidate in the by-election on Wednesday and I appeal to all Ward 1 voters to help re-elect me back to Council, where I will continue to fight for proper service delivery throughout the Ward.
Some of my successes over the past years included the removal of the dangerous kerbs along Marine Drive, which created a hazard for cyclists, and construction of the wooden boardwalks from Pollok to Flat Rocks. The upgrade of the Pipe car-park and the braai areas between Beacon and Flat Rocks, and the installation of the traffic circle at Winchester and Strandfontein Roads, Summerstrand, also happened. The provision of disabled friendly pedestrian pathways in Summerstrand and Walmer was also realised. In the peri-urban areas, several intersections were upgraded and verge clearing happened along major arterials. Construction of the Chelsea reservoir was completed and there were upgrades of the electricity supply lines to the peri-urban areas.
My ongoing track record of community involvement includes being a voluntary Board member of Cheshire Home, Summerstrand, and a voluntary Board member of the Association for Persons with Physical Disabilities (APD). I continue to be a voluntary Summerstrand Surf Lifesaver and Lifesaving East Cape official and National Commentator. Back in 2005, Rev George Irvine and I founded the Beachfront Safety Sector Forum, BSSF, and I continue to be the administrator of this crime forum. I am part of the Arlington Landfill Monitoring Committee and am a co-founder and active member of the Amputee Support Group, ASG.
I remain an avid surf ski paddler and open water swimmer, and am probably the fittest candidate councillor. Previously, I was the only disabled councillor and actively played a role in disability issues. Since 2009 I also had the only active Ward Committee in this Metro, and we held regular meetings throughout the Ward. These meetings must continue!! The Summerstrand Residents Association has not met for the past nine months, which is unacceptable. Residents have been ignored!
Voters of Ward 1 have been left in the lurch since November, and there is lots to do. Re-elect me and the hard work to get better services throughout the Ward can continue.
Party politics is destroying this metro and a vote for me, as an idependent candidate, is a vote for effective and sustained effort!!
I remain fully committed to the principles of an open, free and fair society for all, and if you vote for me, I will give you total effort, with no time wasted on party politics.
Ward 1 must be crime free, clean, disabled friendly, sport friendly and a preferred place to live. You can ensure this and show the DA that they made an error of judgement in removing me. They took you, the voter, for granted.
They delayed this by-election and have denied you the services of a dedicated and hardworking councillor for the past 9 months. All in the quest to gain votes!
We need a strong and effective opposition in Council, where I was often called “Councillor Question”, due to my many questions. With your support, once re-elected, I will work with the DA, and all parties, to ensure that we save this Metro from its downward spiral.
Your vote for me will strengthen the opposition!!
Independent candidates have been winning Council seats across SA as voters are fed-up with petty party politics. It is time for this to happen right here, right now!!
Our last Independent Councillor was Alderman John Vieira, and remember what a great job he did for this City.
Please keep in mind that this is an election for your Ward 1 Councillor only. There is no party vote. The result will have no influence on party strength in Council, or provincially or nationally.
I am not asking you to vote for or against a particular party in the national election. All I am asking is that you consider whether you want me, an experienced, hard-working councillor, with a proven track record as your representative, or an unknown DA candidate with no track record at all.
Vote Independent and please vote for me on Wednesday, 2nd April.
Ward 1 candidate
082 9900 907
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