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ACDP's candidates for Nelson Mandela Bay Ward 35 and 37 By-elections

May 13, 2019
ACDP's candidates for Nelson Mandela Bay Ward 35 and 37 By-elections

Wards fell vacant after the removal of rogue DA councillors, Trever Louw and  Neville Higgins 

Port Elizabeth - The African Christian Democratic Party in Nelson Mandela Bay has announced their candidates for the upcoming by-elections in ward 35 and 37 on Wednesday.

The by-election is result of the removal of then rogue Democratic Alliance (DA) councillors, Trever Louw, who represented Ward 35, and Neville Higgins, who represented Ward 37.

According to ACDP Nelson Mandela Bay Councillor, Lance Grootboom, Louw and Higgins turned their backs on the community "and sided with the corrupt ANC coalition in Nelson Mandela Bay".

"Our candidates for ward 35 and ward 37 are Yolanda van Sensie and John Stone," said Grootboom.

A community activist, Yolande has been living in Bloemendal for 43 years and is married with five children.

“The reason I am standing for election as a Ward Councillor is to improve the standard of living of all who live in Ward 35," she said.

She said she has identified the following key priorities that affects residents of Ward 35:

  • Upgrade and develop all parks with fencing and gym equipment;
  • Upgrade and develop sports fields;
  • Clear all illegal dumping hotspots;
  • Upgrade and develop a footbridge behind Chatty Clinic;
  • High mast lightning in all high crime areas and CCTV Cameras;
  • Work in closely with SAPS and community forums to ensure police petrol the areas regularly; and
  • Youth to benefit from all employment opportunities in respect of projects in the ward.

"I have a passion for people and I assure you that if I am elected as your Councillor, I will do my best to serve you in whichever way I can,” Yolande added.

ACDP Ward 37 candidate, John Stone

Meanwhile, the party's Ward 37 candidate, John Stone, grew up in Schauderville and Helenvale. He is a qualified plumber by trade and has a Diploma in Theology and Practical Ministry. He is married and has two children and three grandchildren.

“I am passionate about people’s wellbeing and that is the reason that I am standing as a candidate in Ward 37. My intention is to serve the residents of ward 37 and to ensure that residents of ward 37 recieves the services they deserve," he described.

Stone's key priorities for ward 37 are the following:

  • Develop and upgrade parks and open spaces with fencing and gym equipment;
  • Clear all illegal dumping hotspots;
  • Upgrade all sports fields;
  • Build a community library and a skills development centre;
  • Set up traffic calming measures on busy taxi routes;
  • Tar all gravel roads;
  • Address all issues concerning housing backlog;
  • Ensure that youth benefit from employment opportunities in respect of ward projects; and
  • Installation of CCTV cameras in high crime areas.

"Vote ACDP for a community you can be proud to call your home! Vote for the community you deserve, a place that is clean, safe and well cared for," said Grootboom.

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