Kouga Mayor Honoured With Alderman Title

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Kouga Mayor Hendricks now AldermanTHE Council of the Sarah Baartman District Municipality (SBDM) hosted a Special Council Meeting on Tuesday, September 28 to confer the title of Alderman/Alderwoman upon sixteen of its Councillors.

The event was held at Addo Wildlife and included the official handover of certificates from the Speaker of SBDM Council, Cllr M. E. Njadayi. The event was held in accordance with all COVID-19 protocols.

The title of Alderman/Alderwoman serves as recognition for the role played in local government by qualifying serving Councillors. The following criteria is used to qualify for the title:

– Serving on one or more local government bodies with South Africa for a consecutive period of 20 or more years.

– Assumption of the Office of Executive Mayor of the District Municipality.

– Attainment of 20 points which includes additional points for serving as a chairperson of portfolio/standing committee or Mayoral Committee.

The title of Alderman/Alderwoman has been conferred upon the following Councillors in the district:

– Cllr Horatio Hendricks for his 10+ years of service and the various positions he has held, including his role as Executive Mayor of Kouga Municipality.

– Cllr Khunjuzwa Kekana for her 20+ years of service and her position as Executive Mayor of SBDM.

– Cllr Deon De Vos for his 20+ years of service and the various positions he has held, including his role as Mayor of Dr. Beyers Naudè Municipality.

– Cllr Phindile Faxi for his almost 20 years of service and the various positions he has held, including his current role as Portfolio Councillor in SBDM.

– Cllr Vernon Stuurman for his 20+ years of service and the various positions he has held, including his current role as Portfolio Councillor in SBDM.

– Cllr Nomhle Gaga for her almost 20 years of service and the various positions she has held, including her current role as Portfolio Councillor in SBDM.

– Cllr Solethu Lukas for his almost 20 years of service and the various positions he has held, including his current role as Portfolio Councillor in SBDM.

– Cllr Karen Smith for her 10 years of service and the various positions she has held, including her role as EXCO member in Sundays River Valley Municipality.

– Cllr Nosicelo Xhasa for her 10 years of service and the various positions she has held, including her role as EXCO member in Ndlambe Municipality.

– Cllr Monica Mateti for her almost 20 years of service and the various positions she has held, including her role as local representative to the district.

– Cllr Joseph Britz for his 10+ years of service and role he has played as a committee member and PR Councillor.

– Cllr Leslie Reynolds for his 30 years of service and the various roles he has held.

– Cllr Fuzile Yake for his 20+ years of service and the various roles he has held.

– Cllr Daniel Bezuidenhout for his almost 20 years of service and the various positions he has held.

– Cllr Asanda Mboneni for his 10 years of service and the various positions he has held.

– Cllr Xolani Madyo for his 20+ years of service and the various positions he has held.

This event was the first of its kind for the Sarah Baartman District Municipality, and the province, and it showcases its appreciation to those Councillors who have served on various Transitional Local Councils, Western District, Cacadu District Municipality and now Sarah Baartman District Municipality. Through their steadfast leadership the district has remained a district committed to progress and development.

“It is with sincere appreciation that I accepted the conferment of the title of Alderman from Sarah Baartman District Municipality,” said Kouga Executive Mayor, Horatio Hendricks.

“I want to extend my gratitude to the Council, as well as salute my fellow confirmands for reaching this milestone in their political careers. My wish is for us is to live out this honor with humility and service to our communities and keep this title in good stand.”