Deputy Executive Mayor:
Councillor Conrad Poole
The newly elected Deputy Executive Mayor of Drakenstein Municipality, Councillor Conrad Poole was born in Paarl, son of the late Mr Lionel and Mrs Jane Poole. He grew up in a household of seven. Councillor Poole grew up 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 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.
Conrad married Jené Poole in 1990 and they have 3 daughters, Kim, Andrewnicia and Chanty. He is indeed a family man with a strong spiritual life and is currently integrated as Elder in church and lead the ministry in Malmesbury. Conrad concluded his Cum Laude Diploma at the Paarl Bible School in 2010 and is currently busy with the second year course.
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 councilor in 2007 for the Independent Democrates (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 obtained the first biography book and trophy for the best District Organizer from the ID National Organizer Mr Joe Magluwa.
After the local government elections on 18 May 2011, Councillor Poole was re-elected as a ward councillor. Councillor Poole 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.