S­pea­ker to be e­lected to­day

George Herald - - News - Mi­chel­le Pie­naar

The last i­tem on the a­gen­da of the Gar­den Rou­te Dis­trict Mu­ni­ci­pa­li­ty's fi­nal ge­ne­ral coun­cil meet­ing of the y­e­ar last T­hurs­day was put on ice for a week. The e­lecti­on of the s­pea­ker for the Gar­den Rou­te Coun­cil is now sche­du­led to ta­ke pla­ce to­day, at a spe­ci­al coun­cil meet­ing.

Ac­cor­ding to tho­se in the know, E­le­a­nor Bouw-S­pies is the DA's can­di­da­te for the po­si­ti­on. Coun­cil­lor Bar­nie Groe­ne­wald has been keeping the chair warm as acting s­pea­ker sin­ce Ju­ne this y­e­ar. Bouw-S­pies couldn't at­tend Coun­cil last week due to ill he­alth. Not on­ly was she due to be inau­gu­ra­ted, but al­so to be e­lected as the new s­pea­ker. Bouw-S­pies's hus­band, Ro­wan S­pies, al­so ser­ves on Coun­cil as a DA­coun­cil­lor. The out­co­me of the meet­ing will be pu­blis­hed on­li­ne.

At the meet­ing last week coun­cil­lors we­re mos­t­ly re­laxed, set­ting the mood for their y­e­ar­ly re­cess du­ring the De­cem­ber ho­li­days. Coun­cil­lors re­cei­ved a fes­ti­ve mug de­co­ra­ted with a co­lour­ful wrap­ping and sweets. Ma­yor Me­mo­ry Booy­sen wis­hed all coun­cil­lors, pro­fes­si­o­nal staff and re­si­dents of the Gar­den Rou­te a Mer­ry Chris­t­mas and Hap­py New Y­e­ar.

In his re­ply to the ma­yo­ral ad­dress, ANC Coun­cil­lor Piet van der Ho­ven said t­hey are proud of the Gar­den Rou­te Dis­trict Mu­ni­ci­pa­li­ty. Ho­we­ver, he said, it would be gre­at if pe­op­le, es­pe­ci­al­ly the A­fri­kaans me­dia, could start u­sing their new na­me wit­hout in­cor­rect­ly trans­la­ting it to Tuin­roe­te-dis­triks­mu­ni­si­pa­li­teit. "You don't trans­la­te New York in A­fri­kaans as Nu­we Lieg."

On a mo­re se­ri­ous no­te, tal­king a­bout the 16 days of acti­vism a­gainst vi­o­len­ce a­gainst wo­men and child­ren, ANC Coun­cil­lor Clau­dia Li­cha­ba said the mu­ni­ci­pa­li­ty should start a di­a­lo­gue in the com­mu­ni­ties ad­dres­sing this is­sue. "It is not on­ly a­bout wo­men ta­king char­ge, it is al­so a­bout men sup­por­ting the­se pro­gram­mes," she said. Li­cha­ba said the mu­ni­ci­pa­li­ty should be pro­acti­ve and cre­a­te plat­forms for the­se mat­ters. "Let us be the on­es who speak bold­ly."

Acting s­pea­ker Bar­nie Groe­ne­wald said the mu­ni­ci­pa­li­ty fe­a­tu­red se­ver­al e­du­ca­ti­o­nal spea­kers at their 16 days of acti­vism launch. "S­tand up, speak out, act, lo­ve and pro­tect." Mu­ni­ci­pal Ma­na­ger Mon­de Stra­tu said it has been a chal­len­ging y­e­ar, but that he is hap­py to an­noun­ce that the mu­ni­ci­pa­li­ty has re­cei­ved funds from pro­vin­ce - R10-mil­li­on for the fi­re di­sas­ters, to as­sist with the a­mount spent on a­e­ri­al fi­re­fig­hting - and R1,2-mil­li­on for com­mu­ni­ty sa­fe­ty.

PBI Coun­cil­lor Vi­r­gill Ge­ric­ke ex­pres­sed his gra­ti­tu­de to na­ti­o­nal go­vern­ment for in­tro­du­cing the 16 days of acti­vism. “In the pre­vi­ous dis­pen­sa­ti­on wo­men we­re not he­ard and t­hey we­re de­pri­ved of the rig­hts that t­hey en­joy to­day.”

ANC Coun­cil­lor Clau­dia Li­cha­ba said the mu­ni­ci­pa­li­ty should start di­a­lo­gue in the com­mu­ni­ties, ad­dres­sing the is­sue of vi­o­len­ce a­gainst wo­men and child­ren.

P­ho­to: Mi­chel­le Pie­naar

E­le­a­nor Bouw-S­pies will in all li­ke­li­hood be e­lected as the Gar­den Rou­te’s new s­pea­ker to­day.

Ma­yor Me­mo­ry Booy­sen said, in re­ply to a com­ment from the ANC that t­hey we­ren’t in­vi­ted to the launch of the 16 days of acti­vism, that all mu­ni­ci­pa­li­ties we­re in­vi­ted and that it was a go­vern­men­tal e­vent, led by the dis­trict mu­ni­ci­pa­li­ty.

DA Coun­cil­lor Ro­wan S­pies con­g­ra­tu­la­ted the com­mu­ni­ca­ti­on de­part­ment for the pu­bli­ca­ti­on of their in­ter­nal new­slet­ter, Qu­ar­ter­ly Wrap.

ANC Coun­cil­lor Piet van der Ho­ven said it would be gre­at if pe­op­le, es­pe­ci­al­ly the A­fri­kaans me­dia, could start u­sing their new na­me wit­hout in­cor­rect­ly trans­la­ting it to “Tuin­roe­te-dis­triks­mu­ni­si­pa­li­teit”.

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