Looking ahead

Jerimia Thuynsma, ANC, Mitchell’s Plain

The ANC wants to thank everyone who participated in the local government elections on Monday November 1.

We also congratulate all candidates who are now councillors on their successful election.

With Mitchell’s Plain now sitting with councillors from the DA, the Cape Coloured Congress (CCC), the Good party, the Patriotic Alliance, the EFF and Al Jama-ah, more councillors than ever before, the community of Mitchell’s Plain will not be wrong to expect better service delivery and a bigger piece of the cake.

We are reaching the festive period, a time when people can recharge their batteries but also a time when domestic violence tends to increase. The 16 Days of Activism for No Violence Against Women and Children Campaign raises awareness of this problem.

The ANC wants to call on everyone to refrain from acts of gender-based violence and rather use this period to rebuild the family.

We know the effects of Covid-19 on families led to businesses closing resulting in unemployment in many households.

We are saying that the challenges of unemployment should draw families closer so everyone can contribute to solutions for the family.

The ANC is also asking parents who have not yet registered their children for schooling for next year to use the last days of the school year to approach the Western Cape Education Department (WCED) to register and place their children.

Those who have registered their children but have not received a positive reply from the WCED should contact the department before the end of academic year.

The ANC wants every pupil to be in school at the start of a new school year and move away from last-minute attempts to register children and cry foul if a child is not placed.

This does not mean that the WCED does not have the responsibility to place all pupils.

Let us join hands and make the new school year a year that does not result in unplaced children, whether because parents failed to register or the department failed to place the pupils.

The ANC calls on all residents to enjoy the festive season and refrain from drinking and driving.