In a little over two months, South Africans will have an opportunity to exercise their most important power in a democracy: the power of their vote.
Deputy President Kgalema Motlanthe’s announced yesterday that the 2011 election will take place on the 18th of May.
“I therefore call upon all South Africans to make full use of the last voter registration weekend of 5-6 March 2011 to ensure that their names appear on the voters roll,” Motlanthe said.
This promises to be the most exciting election yet in South Africa;s fledgling democracy. The ANC which rules most of the town councils in South Africa is deeply divided and the main opposition, the DA has a chance to take their track record of service delivery to every South African.
The nepotism, corruption, lack of service delivery and crumbling infrastructure in Jeffreys Bay are sure indications that the time for change has arrived for the town.
The Kouga Municipal Manager, Dr Eddie Rankwana, admitted at the recent AGM of the J’Bay Residents Association that the municipality has no solution for the sewage spills that occur regularly on the beaches of Jeffreys Bay.
It will cost R 40 million to upgrade the current sewage infrastructure and there is simply no money available, especially after the Maintenance budget was slashed to cater for the ever increasing salary bill. As a town we cannot afford the “jobs for pals” scenario any longer.
The DA has proved in Cape Town that it can govern effectively and the Mother City is a shining example of how a modern day African city should function. Do we deserve anything less in Jeffreys Bay, the jewel of the Eastern Cape?