The Rep


With Sinomtha Lali Chris Hani District Municipali­ty portfolio head for health, community services


Q What do you like about your job? A What I like most about the work I do is that I have a responsibi­lity as the councillor to do my oversight in ensuring that the services we provide are done so in a well-structured, efficient and integrated manner.

Q: What is the most important thing you have learnt in your career?

A: Councillor­s need people from all parts of the community who can bring their own perspectiv­e on what is needed locally.

All councils are led by democratic­ally elected councillor­s who, working together, set the council’s vision, direction and budget.

What I find more important is that I carry my responsibi­lities in ensuring that I deliver the services needed by our communitie­s.

Q: How do you think we can overcome gender based violence in this country?

A: Increase resources for shelters, hotlines and other services so that they meet the heightened demand.

Scale up public awareness campaigns, particular­ly those targeted at men and boys.

Develop and implement measures to protect victims who have been abused.

Q: What does being a woman in SA mean to you?

A: Women in South Africa are the most powerful people on earth. I can proudly say I am one of those strong young women who feels that we are as capable as men.

This needs to be the focus of our education – that women can be whatever they want to.

Q: What book are you reading currently?

A: To Kill a Mockingbir­d by Harper Lee. I read the book in high school, came across it and decided to read it again in my free time. It was intriguing.

Q: What impact do you hope to make in your lifetime?

A: Try to give back to my community and to always stand up for nothing but the truth at all times.

Q: Define your personal style?

A: Currently my life is relatively normal. I am a simple person and I am taking my health seriously.

Fitness and health are so important nowadays.

Q: How do you relax?

A: I meditate quite a lot. I switch off from reality and listen to my own thoughts.

Funnily enough, I enjoy cooking my favourite meals. I find that relaxing too.

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