Mowbray-based Rhodes High School learner, Sinovuyo Mankayi, is the new Junior City Council (JCC) junior mayor. He was elected at a meeting held in the council chamber on Saturday 17 March.Mankayi, from Rondebosch, is among the four portfolio executive committee members elected for 2018. The new JCC members are expected to serve a two-year term, ensuring consistency and participation in various community-based programmes. The JCC consists of Mankayi, Sibongiseni Sigodi, junior chief whip (Oval North High School), Alessio Marcus, deputy junior mayor (Beacon Hill High School), Jule Booysen, junior speaker (Bernadino Heights High School) and supporting members.The election was supported by 150 learners from various schools. At the meeting all participants outlined their expectations of the new committee, discussing how the youth can make a difference and bring about positive change in communities. The JCC is a non-political forum for high school learners introduced by the City of Cape Town in partnership with the Western Cape Education Department with the aim to afford secondary school learners the opportunity to learn from the work of the City Council structures to gain a better understanding of corporate governance and effective service delivery to residents.Mankayi says he was humbled and in disbelief when the announcement was made. “My mind was gone for roughly three seconds and I stood up for no apparent reason. It was going to be very awkward if no-one came to congratulate me! I am grateful to everyone who has faith in me. “I promise them positive and innovative ideas. I cannot do this alone – all I can do is to take ideas, process them and turn them into a reality.”Mankayi says he is going to use the platform to give youth the recognition they deserve in order to push more young people to go beyond their expectations. V Continued in page 3.