Ant ain’t a bore — he’s an independent

2011-04-25 00:00

“LET Pietermaritzburg townsfolk run Pietermaritzburg efficiently Political Parties have done their best thank you! Now it is our turn!”

This is how independent candidate Ant Borain who is seeking election as a ward 26 councillor sums up his campaign. Ward 26 includes Prestbury, Boughton, Blackridge, Clarendon and Napierville.

Borain has never belonged to any political party and this is the first time he is running for public office. He is doing so now because of the collapse of the Msunduzi Municipality.

An ardent letter writer to The Witness, Borain said he felt he had been complaining for long enough and it was time to do something to help improve the city.

He chose to stand as an independent because he would be representing the people of Pietermaritzburg and not a political party.

“If I belong to a political party then I am representing the party and not the people. I’ll be accountable to the party and not the community. Anyway the city needs people to work together, and not what is happening with political parties that are constantly engaged in arguing and trying to get more power,” Borain added.

He tested the waters when he went around to get signatures for his application to the Independent Electoral Commission (IEC) to stand as a candidate and was surprised by the support he received.

On his campaign Borain said he is making no big promises, but telling residents that he is going to work towards getting services that they pay for like grass cutting, cleaning the verges, dirt collected and the electricity working. “All we want is cleanliness and maintenance and ensuring that ratepayer’s money is getting used wisely,” he added.

Borain, who is self-employed, does not believe that councillors should earn a salary. “It should be an honour to serve your community. And if you are successful in your personal life, not just materially but also being comfortable with whom you are, then you can make a good councillor who serves the community.”

Borain has lived in Pietermaritzburg his whole life and loves the city. He is a family man with two sons and has a wide array of interests. He builds his own weird and wonderful motor vehicles, makes his own bio diesel and has written two self-help books — one published and the second in the process of being published. He cares deeply about people and the planet and says he lives by the adage, “that all we can ever do on this planet is help each other and if we can’t help, the least we can do is not hurt each other.” If elected as a councillor this is the maxim that will define his term of office.

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