Councillor gets a speaker’s nod

2019-12-10 06:00
City of Cape Town Speaker Dirk Smit presents Ward 74 councillor Rob Quintas with the Councillor of the Year 2019 Speaker’s Award.

City of Cape Town Speaker Dirk Smit presents Ward 74 councillor Rob Quintas with the Councillor of the Year 2019 Speaker’s Award.

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Rob Quintas, councillor for Ward 74, was awarded the City of Cape Town Councillor of the Year 2019 Speaker’s Award at the last Council sitting on Thursday 5 December.

Speaker Dirk Smit presented the award to Quintas. Smit said the Speaker’s Award is given to a councillor who has displayed a high standard of performance and service delivery excellence.

“It celebrates the achievements of councillors who go above and beyond the call of duty and who have shown commitment for – and have made significant contributions to – local government in general and their respective communities in particular,” says Smit.

Quintas was first elected councillor of ward 74 in August 2016. Since then he has spearheaded various projects in Hout Bay and Llandudno. These include the ongoing upgrades to the Hout Bay beachfront and dunes, electrification and housing programmes for Hangberg and Imizamo Yethu, park upgrades and the building of new parks and recreation spaces, improvements to Hangberg and Hout Bay Library, the roll-out of youth and elderly programmes, street lighting, and driving LGBTQI issues.

Quintas said being a public representative is not a job, but a calling, and should not be sought for financial gain, nor thanks.

He said the acknowledgment was humbling.

“I cannot accept this award alone, and must thank the many colleagues and officials and residents who inspire me daily and who encourage me in some way to strive to do better, and constantly try to improve in my service,” he said.

“I must also thank my ward assistant Zimkitha Khanya-Ntelezi without who I would not be able to function and who provides me with the utmost support in my role.”

Smit congratulated Quintas on his achievement.

“I hope that you will continue to assist and serve your community and the City of Cape Town with distinction, and I wish you well in all of your service delivery endeavours.”

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