Make sure your vote counts

2016-03-23 06:00

WITH the upcoming local government elections just around the corner I was wondering if people pay much attention to what ward they are in and what the significance of these elections are.

Currently Amanzimtoti (Ward 97) is a DA ward under Councillor André Beetge. This includes the areas from Illovo Beach up to Galleria Mall and inland from the coast to Astra Park in the South and Woodhouse in the North. What most people do not know is that there is a large part of Amanzimtoti that is in a different ward. The areas of Athlone Park, Umbogintwini and the suburbs surrounding Kuswag School starting from Khota Makhunya Road and Peavehaven Road heading north-east to the country club and Southgate Industrial Park fall into Ward 93.

Ward 93 also includes the areas behind Amanzimtoti including Ziko, Ezimangweni and Ezimbokodweni. The Ward councillor here is Vincent Necobo from the ANC (who turns out is very difficult to get hold of).

I think it is important for people to know exactly where they live and how their vote in the upcoming elections can influence who their councillor will be. Seeing that 9 and 10 April is the final registration weekend, people should take five minutes to check that they are registered correctly and that their vote will count in the right area on voting day.

Chris Pappas


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