The newly re-elected Executive Mayor of Drakenstein Municipality, Alderman Conrad Poole, was born in 1967 in Amstelhof, Paarl. He is a son of the late Mr. Lionel and Mrs. Jane Poole.
He grew up in a household of seven in humble beginnings and circumstances. He started his school education at L.K. Zeeman Primary School, and completed his schooling career at Paulus Joubert Senior Secondary School in Paarl.
Due to financial constraints, he sought employment at Berg River Textiles. He became a shop steward for South African Clothing and Textile Workers Union (Sactwu) and served in this position for many years. His leadership abilities and qualities had been noticed by management and he became a supervisor for 12 years – from 1992 until 2002.
Executive Mayor: Alderman Conrad Poole
From 2004 until 2007 he worked as machine operator at British American Tobacco Company. Conrad married Jené Poole in 1990 and they have 3 daughters, Kim, Andrewnicia and Chanty. Alderman Poole is indeed a family man with a strong spiritual life. He has concluded his Advanced Diploma in Ministry in 2013 and is ordained as a pastor at the Kingdom Ministries Charismatic Church.
His passion to serve the community and also uplifting the youth, attracted and led him to politics. Soon his passion to do good unto others, also led him to be elected as a ward councillor in 2007 for the Independent Democrats (ID) political party in the Drakenstein Municipality.
Due to his leadership, good service and relationship-building qualities he had been elected as chairperson on the Local, District and also on Provincial level of the ID political structures. This include awards for best councillor and he obtained the first biography book and trophy for the best District Organiser from the ID National Organiser Mr Joe Magluwa.
In 2010 he joined the Democratic Alliance and in that same year he was elected as the chairperson of the DA’s Drakenstein Constituency and he still serves in that position.
After the local government elections on 18 May 2011, the then councillor Poole was re-elected as a ward councillor. He was elected as Deputy Mayor in 2011 and served in that position until 2016, when he started his first term as Executive Mayor. In 2021 Alderman Poole was re-elected as Executive Mayor.
He firmly believes that Drakenstein will become a municipality where all residents will have the opportunity to be free, equal and have the right to improve their quality of life.
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