‘… the cool east coast of Africa syndrome’

2011-01-17 00:00

WELL known attorney Paul Preston lives in Uvongo and has been on the south coast for 21 years. He has worked closely with all the local municipalities in the Ugu District and is currently involved in an Ugu external audit committee that ensures that the municipality’s money is being spent in the right places.

You work closely with local government, what is your take on its members?

PRESTON: We are seeing an increased understanding at a senior management level where members are beginning to grasp the complex legislation that governs them. There is also a second generation of politicians that is emerging that is better educated and has a better understanding of what it is all about.

Will you be taking part in the local government elections?

PRESTON: Yes I’ll take part. The right to vote is something that has been extremely hard fought for and we have a moral obligation to vote. It is also the only way to bring about change.

What is your secret in the kitchen?

PRESTON: Curry is the only thing I can cook; I have no secret talents.

What is it about your job that you enjoy?

PRESTON: It has taught me about conflict resolution and about courage. It is what I am educated in and I wouldn’t know how to do anything else.

What do you love most about the South Coast?

PRESTON: July mornings. The winter surf is fantastic; I am a keen shad fisherman. And something I call the “cool east coast of Africa syndrome”, where we are the melting pot of so many cultures. I thrive on the interactions I have with people and clients.

What is the biggest problem facing South Africa?

PRESTON: Prejudice. Wherever it exists and in whatever form it exists.

Where is your favourite place on the South Coast?

PRESTON: The road between Port Edward and Ezinqoleni. It is beautiful and encapsulates everything that the south coast is about.

If you could have dinner with one person, dead or alive, who would it be?

PRESTON: Bob Dylan. He is the only person that I am interested in.

Where do you see yourself in five years time?

PRESTON: Doing the same thing. I’m quite happy doing what I’m doing. I’ll stay here forever.


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