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A councillor for the people

Hannie Morgan from Zwelihle has been appointed as the new proportional representation (PR) councillor of the Overstrand Municipality on Wednesday 28 August.

Morgan regards this opportunity as a privilege, and excitedly embraces this new role in life. The appointment was made after the passing of the late councillor Moira Opperman, who served as a PR councillor of the Democratic Alliance (DA). It was, in fact, she who had asked me to be part of the DA political organisation many years ago,” Morgan said. “I worked with her very well over the years, and she was indeed an inspiring, strong and go getter kind of women.”

Morgan is no stranger to the community of Zwelihle, and has played various leadership roles over the years, one as chairperson of Lukhanyo Primary governing body for three years, and she has served on the governing body of Qhayiya Secondary School.

According to Morgan, being in this new position is not about politics, but people. “As a councillor one should play one’s part and put the people first at all times,” she says. Morgan explains she is on her feet, seen in the streets and chooses to walk among the community, “so that I can pick issues up easily, and residents have the freedom to speak to me”.

She confesses to having a big heart and an incredible love for the community, and would like to connect with young people, and see where she can make a difference in their lives. “Our young people are lost, and need a sense of belonging and activities to keep them off the streets,” says Morgan. “I want to engage with them, see what their needs are and take it from there.”

Another passion of hers is the elderly. This stems from her former profession as a carer at Onrus Manor for many years, and she would like to continue to assist this constituency, particularly in her community.

“I am growing and learning every day, and what makes this job even better is that I can push the buttons of my colleagues for assistance at any time.” Morgan says she is ready to serve her community and tackle this new position head-on.

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