East London - A few elderly Beacon Bay residents braved the cold to mark their votes for their respective parties in East London's Beacon Hurst primary school voting station. Val Pitcher, aged 83, said she would brave the weather anytime to make a contribution to South Africa. "It's important for everyone to vote so we can have a say in the country for my family."Pitcher said she would wait in the cold for however long, "to help build a future for my grandchildren." Pitcher was accompanied by several other elderly from the area. They said they had been waiting for an hour on the queue to vote.