Kouga Municipality gets first female mayor

2015-05-11 18:22

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Jeffreys Bay - The Kouga Municipality has a new mayor, following the resignation of Booi Koerat due to heath concerns.

Replacing Koerat, as Kouga’s first female mayor, is Daphne Kettledas. 

The Kouga Municipality forms part of the Cacadu District Municipality in the Eastern Cape and includes the towns of Jeffreys Bay, St Francis Bay, Oyster Bay, Hankey, Patensie, Loerie, Thornhill, Humansdorp and Kruisfontein.

Koerat had been battling with his health after undergoing a heart bypass last year and had previously indicated that he did not feel up to the task of running the municipality.

ANC secretary of the party's Sarah Baartman Region, Scara Njadayi, said the announcement came after Koerat had approached the ANC structures on two separate occasions and requested to step down.

“Oom Booi first approached us in December last year and raised the issue of his health and recently again approached us due to the deteriorating state of his health,” he said.

Njadayi said they had taken his concerns to the relevant ANC structures, which had led to the acceptance of his resignation as mayor and the appointment of Kettledas.  

During her acceptance speech on Monday afternoon, Kettledas said she was humbled by the responsibility of becoming Kouga’s first ever female mayor.

“Accepting this responsibility as a woman demonstrates to all that our movement, the African National Congress, is sincere when it says there shall be equal representation in leadership positions,” she said.

Kettledas acknowledged that there were tough times ahead.

“There are service delivery challenges ahead of us. The quality of our leadership will not be measured by good speeches, but through collective action,” she said.

Her first act as mayor was to keep the mayoral committee the same, with the addition of Koerat as councillor in charge of Special Programmes in the Office of the Mayor.

The rest of the mayoral committee are Vernon Stuurman (portfolio head of finance, admin, monitoring and evaluation); Thandeka Maseti (portfolio head of social services); Phumzile Oliphant (portfolio head of local economic development); Virginia Camealio-Benjamin (portfolio head of tourism and creative industries) and Patrick Kota (portfolio head of Infrastructure, planning and development).

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