S­ha­ke­spea­re A­rends

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The­re are 21 coun­cil­lors and in a list from the Knys­na mu­ni­ci­pa­li­ty their na­mes are lis­ted al­p­ha­be­ti­cal­ly, so in this new se­ries w­he­re e­ach coun­cil­lor will be in­ter­vie­wed week­ly, we will fol­low the na­mes in this or­der.

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.

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

S­ha­ke­spea­re A­rends, I li­ve in Ward 6, ACDP PR coun­cil­lor in co-go­ver­nan­ce with the DA.

As a PR coun­cil­lor, which ward ha­ve you been al­lo­ca­ted as your a­rea of re­spon­si­bi­li­ty?

No ward al­lo­ca­ted.

How long ha­ve you been in Knys­na?

Born and bred in Knys­na – I ha­ve li­ved he­re all my li­fe.

W­hat are your qua­li­fi­ca­ti­ons?


W­hat is your sa­la­ry?

Not ap­pli­ca­ble.

Why did you de­ci­de to stand as a coun­cil­lor?

To ma­ke a po­si­ti­ve con­tri­bu­ti­on to the li­ves of pe­op­le li­ving in Gre­a­ter Knys­na.

W­hat do your du­ties en­tail?

I am the ma­yo­ral com­mit­tee chair of plan­ning & in­te­gra­ted hu­man sett­le­ments (IHS), ans­we­ra­ble to all the wards’ hou­sing and re­la­ted is­su­es.

Ex­plain the dif­fe­ren­ce be­t­ween the functi­ons of a ward coun­cil­lor and a PR coun­cil­lor?

Ward coun­cil­lors re­pre­sent their wards, PR coun­cil­lors re­pre­sent their po­li­ti­cal par­ty.

W­hat are bur­ning is­su­es in your ward that need at­ten­ti­on?

All wards are my wards, I de­al with all IHS hou­sing.

W­hat are you proud of in your ward?

I am very proud of all my wards, they do un­der­stand and re­a­li­se my mam­moth and dif­fi­cult task.

W­he­re would you li­ke to see im­pro­vement?

I would li­ke to im­pro­ve re­la­ti­ons­hips be­t­ween coun­cil­lors and ad­mi­nis­tra­ti­ve of­fi­ci­als. Not that the­re is a­ny­thing wrong with this re­la­ti­ons­hip, but it would be bet­ter if they saw us as al­lies.

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

As I am not a ward coun­cil­lor, it is dif­fi­cult to me­a­su­re. I am cur­rent­ly as­sis­ting with the mam­moth task of as­sis­ting the fi­re victims w­he­re pos­si­ble.

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

To de­li­ver within the bud­ge­ta­ry con­straints and in­te­gra­ted de­ve­lop­ment plan (IDP) w­hat is due to tho­se in need.

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

Yes, I do ma­ke a dif­fe­ren­ce by trying to ad­dress the needs of all who walk in­to my of­fi­ce.

W­hat do the to­wn and its pe­op­le me­an to you?

The to­wn and its pe­op­le are my strength and both gi­ve me the re­a­son to d­ri­ve and pur­sue my cal­ling – to ser­ve ot­hers less for­tu­na­te.

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

I think the ru­ling par­ty is very com­pe­tent and highly qua­li­fied to le­ad with its we­alth of po­li­ti­cal ex­pe­rien­ce.

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

The Bi­ble, “rys, aar­tap­pels en vleis” (ri­ce, po­ta­toes and me­at). I would lo­ve to tra­vel to the USA. * An in­ter­view with S­ha­ke­spea­re A­rends will be a­vai­la­ble on www. knyn­a­pletthe­rald.com from F­ri­day.

PR coun­cil­lor S­ha­ke­spea­re A­rends

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