This question is asked by many people in South Africa. Why the need to vote when it seems that nothing ever changes anyway?

Yet, in a place like Jeffreys Bay, your vote could actually mean that the town will start working again. Your vote could mean that the sewage spills on Main Beach will be stopped, the rubbish will be collected, and the Municipal workers actually start doing what they paid to do – work.

Will the tourists with their dollars and euro still come to town if it is a mess with basic services lacking? Jordy Smith @ Supertubes: Photo ASP

The final voter registration weekend is 5/6 March and jbaynews.com will be informing residents about the election and what your vote will mean to Jeffreys Bay.

What is this vote all about?

Every 5 years, South Africans over the age of 18, with a valid South African ID document get a chance to vote twice. One of these votes is to elect which political party will rule South Africa for the next 5 years. Since 1994, when South Africa became a democracy, the ANC has won every one of these elections, called a National Election.

The other election is to decide which political party will run your town for the next 5 years and that is what all the fuss is about right now. This election is known as a Municipal or a Local Government Election and its taking place in May 2011.

Jeffreys Bay has seen both the Democratic Alliance (DA) and the ANC win elections in the town since 1994 and the ANC is currently ruling the town.

Unfortunately the ANC’s track record in managing the town has been dismal over the past 5 years and should you share the same sentiments then you can have your say at the Election and vote for another political party to run the town.

Check the Election website and type in your ID number to see if you are registered. From a cell phone sms your ID number to 32810

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