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Hansen takes the reins

Taking over the reins from Grant Twigg, Brenda Hansen was elected as the new chairperson of subcouncil 2 at a special council meeting on Friday afternoon.

Subcouncil 2 consists of six wards and covers the area that include Kraaifontein, Wallacedene, Brackenfell and the parts of Kuils River closest to the Bottelary farms.

Entering politics, Hansen joined the subcouncil in May 2011 as ward councillor for ward 111 in Kraaifontein and has during this time become the type of local politician “that cares about her community and often goes the extra mile”, as described by Brackenfell ward councillor and newly appointed Mayco member for spatial planning and environment, Marian Nieuwoudt.

Hansen vowed to keep up the high standard of service delivery the subcouncil has become known for in City circles.

Outgoing chairperson Grant Twigg, now the Mayco member for urban management in the City, ascribed this solid performance to the fact that councillors in subcouncil 2, despite their political affiliations, have always prioritised service delivery to their communities.

“Thank you that we never had to play politics here but could concentrate on services. We had our challenges and debates but we continued to do what was best for our communities,” Twigg said in his last speech as chairperson. He will remain ward councillor for ward 7.

Hansen thanked Twigg for his strong leadership. “I have learned from the best and will continue to give my best,” she said.

Following Hansen’s election it was announced that current acting municipal manager Amelia van Rhyn was appointed new municipal manager for the subcouncil, a decision that prompted a jubilant response among councillors.

ANC ward councillor Simpiwe Nonkeyizana expressed his satisfaction by saying: “It would have been a setback if anyone else was appointed in this position. Van Rhyn understands the dynamics of the area.”

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