Council at peace on wellness day
WHAT happens in council stays in council, as City of Tshwane councillors put their differences aside to celebrate the beginning of spring at the first annual Councillors’ Wellness and sports day.
Gone were the suits and serious demeanours, as councillors donned their soccer shorts and boots to take each other on for the love of the game at the Lucas “Masterpieces” Moripe stadium in Atteridgeville.
Tshwane Metro council chief whip Christiaan van den Heever said the day was important as they wanted city councillors to be healthy and get them away from the council setting.
Under the slogan: “A healthy city hosts healthy councillors”, Van den Heever said they wanted to create an atmosphere in which all councillors could get to know each other better.
He said that following a debate in the council regarding colonialism, it was decided by all to sign a social cohesion pledge to act professionally and to the benefit of the city’s citizens. The members had put their differences aside and decided to just have fun.
“Politics will always be the same. It’s only the faces that change. So, just for today, we’ve forgotten about it for a while,” he said.
Tshwane City Manager Moeketsi Mosola said for councillors to deliver services to the people it was crucial for them to unite as a team, despite party affiliations.
“We’ve only been together for 10 months and this is the first real opportunity for all of us to talk. Working for the city, we want our staff to be healthy so they can give their energy to the people,” he said.
He added that they had also brought medical services to take members’ blood pressure, cholesterol and encourage staff members to test for HIV.
“If any of my staff members are sick, it means the citizens we promised to serve will not be get- ting that service.”
ANC chief whip Aaron Maluleke said that despite the walk-out by the party during the council meeting on Thursday, they had the same objectives of serving the people.
He added: “Yes, there is rivalry between us, but we are not ene- mies. We have strenuous work ahead and we needed the time just to connect with each other.”
Tshwane City councillors play soccer during their fun day as they celebrate spring at Lucas ‘Masterpieces’ Moripe Stadium in Atteridgeville.