DA appoints former youth leader as PR councillor

2014-06-18 00:00

URAISHA Naidoo-Haswell, a former DA youth leader in the province, has been selected as the DA PR councillor to fill the vacancy left by former councillor Mergan Chetty.

She is the daughter in-law of the former Msunduzi municipal manager, Rob Haswell.

DA leader Roger Ashe told The Witness many candidates had applied for the vacancy left by Chetty, but the interviewing panel were most impressed by Naidoo-Haswell. The position became vacant after Chetty was appointed to the National Council of Provinces following last month’s election.

Ashe said: “She has been in the DA before and was a DA youth leader in the province. The panel chose her and from the party’s side she is our candidate.

“We are just waiting for the process of the IEC to be concluded.”

Ashe said Naidoo-Haswell will bring energy to the council. “She has worked with communities and has a good understanding of the community issues.

“She has also been involved in business and will bring young ideas to council.

“She is a very dynamic person and that is why the panel chose her.”

Naidoo-Haswell said the appointment will give her a chance to invest in the city that she loves.

“I am a Pietermaritzburg girl; I love this city and I wanted to bring up my children here so they could have the same upbringing as I did.”

She said she was ready for the challenges that come with being in the Msunduzi council.

“I am very passionate about issues of women and children, so those are the issues I will be bringing up in council,” she said.

“I have been involved in business and have worked with communities and I was quite involved in the youth structures and campus structures.”

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