Local voters elect new ward councillors

2016-08-16 06:00
Shayne Ramsey

Shayne Ramsey

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New faces will be filling ward councillor seats following the local government elections.

Some of these will include new councillors for ward 54, Shayne Ramsay, and ward 77, Brandon Golding.

Former ward 77 councillor, Dave Bryant, will be councillor for the newly formed ward 115, which includes Green Point, Mouille Point, the Waterfront, Cape Town CBD and sections of Woodstock and Salt River.

Ramsay, who follows in the footsteps of former ward councillor Jacques Weber, says she decided to try her hand at politics following a successful career in the private sector.

“I have had a fulfilling career in the private sector and now would like the opportunity to apply some of my business skills to the public sector, serving my community by offering honest, responsive and accountable governance,” she says.

“I have been interested in politics since I was a little girl. I studied political science at UCT then worked abroad in the two established democracies of the UK and US, volunteering for the Democrats while in the US,” she says.

Ramsay hopes to bring a solutions-focused approach to the Atlantic Seaboard.

“There will always be controversial issues, like the Tafelberg School and the development project in Clifton, but my hope is that rather than seeing them as intractable problems, I will work towards finding amicable solutions to the benefit of the majority of the ward’s residents. Mostly I hope to build on what has gone before me,” she says.

Golding had not commented at the time of going to print.

Leaving ward 77, Bryant is now looking to try his hand at a the new challenges presented by ward 115.

“Development pressures in the new ward will be a key challenge during this term of office. I do foresee development challenges for all neighbourhoods in the new ward and improving channels for engagement between communities and developers will be key to ensuring that development occurs in a way that benefits all members of the community,” he says.

“The new ward will have the highest concentration of vulnerable people and rough sleepers anywhere in the metro and one of my key goals is to increase overnight sleeping space dramatically to ensure that the vulnerable members of our communities are not forced to sleep under bridges, in doorways and in public parks just to stay safe from the elements.”

Dave Bryant

Brandon Golding

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