15 November 2021
Alderman Conrad Poole was elected as the Executive Mayor of Drakenstein Municipality for a second term at the Drakenstein Municipal Council’s inaugural meeting on Monday, 15 November 2021, at the Paarl Town Hall.
Here follows his inaugural address:
“Thank you, Speaker.
“Good afternoon, Good afternoon, Members of national and provincial parliament, provincial Ministers, Minister Meyer and Minister Mitchell, Magistrate Blaauw, members of the media and public - all protocol observed.
“It is an honour and a privilege to have been elected to lead Drakenstein Municipality as the Executive Mayor for a second term. I am truly humbled by the vote of confidence.
“Allow me to extend a warm welcome to the new Council.
“With 20 parties contesting in the municipal elections in Drakenstein, we were once again reminded of our flourishing democracy, and the power of the most important stakeholders we were elected to serve, the people of Drakenstein.
“I wish you a successful term ahead.
“Five years ago, my Manifesto for Drakenstein included:
‒ Good and clean governance;
‒ Sound financial management;
‒ Excellent service delivery;
‒ Life-changing support to the poor; and
‒ Effective communication.
“We have not only succeeded, but excelled in these objectives thanks to dedicated political and administrative leadership.
“We pride ourselves on good, clean governance. Drakenstein is the largest municipality in the Western Cape to receive a clean audit for a consecutive year.
“During the past five years we have received various service delivery awards which included national innovation recognition for the Leliefontein project, the Greenest Municipality award and the most recent - Environment and Climate Change Winner for the Boy Louw and Parys Sport Boreholes and Water Treatment Works.
“We have delivered on our pro-poor agenda by providing relief to our indigent consumers, exceeding that of most municipalities in the Western Cape.
“In the communication domain we have made great strides with the launch of our Facebook page, currently with more than thirty thousand followers, as well as the publication of our own electronic newsletter, ‘Vars’. We have really embraced technology to aid in enhancing service delivery with strategic WhatsApp groups and now SeeClickFix, the new application to upload service delivery complaints.
“The true significance rests in the fact that all of this was achieved amidst extremely challenging times which included: the drought of 2019, a worldwide pandemic, as well continuous Eskom load shedding. This should be a lesson to us all that in the most difficult times, it is still possible to achieve great things, if you stay focused on the goal ahead.
“Guided by our values of Transparency, Excellence, Responsiveness, Accountability, Accessibility and Integrity, we have made significant progress, worked hard to keep our promises, and made sure that every Rand goes towards quality service delivery - especially for those who need it most.
“Now, with a renewed sense of urgency, focus and energy, we will ensure that the needs and challenges of the Drakenstein community are being addressed at an accelerated pace.
“It is our responsibility, as a council and an administration, to create an enabling environment that supports local democracy and enhances service delivery. In all our efforts we will ensure that all available resources are utilised optimally.
“Together with our community, we will continue to realise our vision of building a city of excellence in Drakenstein – in a focused and steadfast manner.
“With our past successes forming the foundation for the next five years, our manifesto is simply:
‒ Solution-driven innovation;
‒ Essential economic and social development;
‒ Continued excellent service delivery;
‒ Steadfast good governance and financial management; and
‒ Integrated communication that not only informs and empowers our community, but promotes Drakenstein as a business, investment, tourism and sport destination.
“We desperately need to get the economy back on track to support a growing number of disadvantaged residents – left destitute by mainly the pandemic; and to create jobs so that our people can earn an income, look after their own families, and have their pride restored.
“I therefore want to appeal to all political parties to forget about the political divides and work together in the interest of our residents, building our City of Excellence.
“We have five years to make a difference. Let us make every second count!
“I thank you.”
Issued by: Communication and Marketing, Drakenstein Municipality