Par­ti­ci­pa­te in get­ting to know your coun­cil­lor

Knysna-Plett Herald - - Letters | Briewe - De­ar Re­a­ders Elai­ne King

He­re are the que­s­ti­ons we will start to send to our coun­cil­lors next week. T­his is being do­ne in an o­pen and trans­pa­rent way.

The­re are 21 coun­cil­lors and in a list from the Knys­na mu­ni­ci­pa­li­ty their na­mes are lis­ted al­p­ha­be­ti­cal­ly, so we will fol­low the na­mes in t­his or­der.

We ex­pect you as our re­a­ders to tip us off to im­por­tant stuff we mig­ht ot­her­wi­se not know a­bout. We ex­pect you to par­ti­ci­pa­te, and share your wis­dom and in­sig­ht with us and with ot­her re­a­ders. If you choo­se to do that – and t­his is w­he­re you need to ta­ke so­me ti­me to con­si­der the con­se­quen­ces – then we ex­pect you to do so u­sing your re­al na­me. A­no­ny­mi­ty does not breed thoug­ht­ful, ci­vi­li­sed de­bate.

Feel free to add que­s­ti­ons to t­his list should you feel it is lacking a­ny­thing im­por­tant.

E­very week we will pu­blish your com­ments af­ter he­a­ring w­hat your coun­cil­lor has to say, if you want to com­ment.

Coun­cil­lors, we re­al­ly look for­ward to get­ting to know you all bet­ter.

Que­s­ti­on list

Full na­me, your ward, and which po­li­ti­cal par­ty do you be­long to.

How long ha­ve you been in Knys­na?

W­hat are your qua­li­fi­ca­ti­ons? W­hat is your sa­la­ry? Why did you de­ci­de to stand as a coun­cil­lor?

W­hat do your du­ties en­tail? Ex­plain the dif­fe­ren­ce be­t­ween the functi­ons of a ward coun­cil­lor and a PR coun­cil­lor?

W­hat are bur­ning is­su­es in your ward that need at­ten­ti­on?

W­hat are you proud of in your ward? W­he­re would you li­ke to see im­pro­vement?

You we­re e­lected to of­fi­ce in Au­gust 2016 – w­hat ha­ve you do­ne for your to­wn and its pe­op­le sin­ce then?

W­hat do you ho­pe to ac­com­plish for the rest of your term?

Do you think you are ma­king a dif­fe­ren­ce and if so, how?

W­hat do the to­wn and its pe­op­le me­an to you?

W­hat is your o­pi­ni­on of the manner in which the ru­ling par­ty is le­a­ding t­his to­wn?

Just for fun, w­hat is your fa­vou­ri­te book, fa­vou­ri­te food and if you could tra­vel a­ny­w­he­re rig­ht now, w­he­re would you go?

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