Subcouncil 20 hails residents

2019-10-22 06:00
Kevin Southgate, councillor for ward 72, embraces Gertrude Schouw for her work in the community.PHOTO: Racine Edwardes

Kevin Southgate, councillor for ward 72, embraces Gertrude Schouw for her work in the community.PHOTO: Racine Edwardes

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The City of Cape Town’s subcouncil 20 councillors showed their appreciation for the people who don’t always get the recognition they deserve – the residents – on Wednesday 16 October.

“I’d like to, on behalf of the staff and all councillors, thank the people we’ve honoured today for your contributions to society as a whole,” said Ian Iversen, councillor for ward 59, who facilitated the handout of awards to deserving residents from wards 58, 59, 62, 71, 72 and 73.

“While we recognise it, I think there are also people out there in each of your specific areas who are aware of what you do,” he added.

Phew neighbourhood watch received a civic award. “I’d like to start off with a little story in terms of my experience with them three years ago,” Kevin Southgate, councillor for ward 72, began. “I attended one of their meetings and I came out, looked for my vehicle and it was gone.”

He commended the watch for recovering his car on the same night – an event that set the tone for the “stellar quality of work” carried out the following three years.

Operations manager at the watch, Denzel Thebus, was thankful for the recognition of what was sometimes a thankless job.

“Because there are a lot of neighbourhood watches in the area, and every one of them does great work; for us to get selected, it’s a big surprise because we all do the same amount of work and put the same amount of hours in and sacrifice our time with our families to do the work. For us to receive an award like this, it is really amazing and we thank the City for acknowledging us and the work we do.”

Heathfield’s 85-year-old Gertrude Schouw was in attendance, despite battling a terminal illness, and ready to accept her civic award. Aunty Gertie, as she is affectionately known, was a teacher for 40 years. After retiring, she pioneered the seniors’ club in the area.

She formed Silver Eagles Seniors’ Club in 2003, where she enables seniors to keep active by doing arts and crafts and knitting clothing items for underprivileged children.

She said she was very happy to receive her award and to be recognised.

“I hope that through your efforts you will attract more people to get involved and do what you do for the betterment of society. We really appreciate your hard work,” Iversen concluded.

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