Meet your new councillor

2019-02-26 06:01
Councillor Nicola Jowell says she is happy to have been elected the new ward 54 councillor.

Councillor Nicola Jowell says she is happy to have been elected the new ward 54 councillor.

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Following the resignation of former ward 54 councillor Shayne Ramsay last year, the City of Cape Town held by-elections on 13 February and a new councillor was elected.

Nicola Jowell won the by-elections by 88.63% of the votes.

She said she is excited about being elected as the new councillor and is looking forward to serving the community.

“I am passionate about the community and service delivery. Ten years ago, I decided to get involved with civic matters when the area that I was living in at that time had a bout of very serious and various crimes. That is when two residents and I formed a neighbourhood watch in the community” she said.

Jowell only joined politics in 2011 after gaining interest in it and wanting to be involved. “In 2016, I was elected on the local branch structure in ward 77 and in 2017 I became a secretary for the Good Hope constituency. So since September 2016 I have been actively involved in politics.”

Asked if she had a new strategy for tackling concerns in her ward, Jowell said: “The main role of a ward councillor is to represent the interests of the community in the ward at council, to make sure that service delivery happens and problems are addressed.

“The main approach that I bring is hands-on active leadership and management of the issues in the ward. My intention is to be on the ground and present in the ward dealing with the small service delivery issues right,” she explained further.

One of her passions is linking the community with the City and she believes that this needs to be done to the highest level of service delivery.

“Communication is vital in this regard and I have a firm belief in how one must actively and continuously interact with the community and push the issues that are of concern to residents.”

An open-door policy is one that Jowell holds dear to her heart, saying that anyone in the community can feel free to contact her. “Do not be afraid to contact me. I will always be there to serve you,” she concluded.V To contact councillor Nicola Jowell, call 072 653 5763 or email Nicola.Jowell@capetown.gov.za.

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