Altogether, 135 Grade 9 and 10 learners were inaugurated as the City of Ekurhuleni's junior Councillors on Thursday, 16 August at the Council Chambers in Germiston.
The Junior Council is a programme led by the City's Citizen Responsibility Campaigns Office working with the Gauteng Department of Education to educate school learners about the local government systems. Learners are elected to serve as junior councillors, and the election it is done through geographical and gender representation.
The sitting saw six new office bearers being sworn in the positions of Junior Mayor, Junior Deputy Mayor, Junior Speaker, Junior Deputy Speaker, Junior Chairperson of Chairpersons and Junior Spokesperson. The criteria for election included a two-minute presentation by candidates, motivating why they are fit for the positions they aspired to occupy. The Council was abuzz with spirited and robust contestation as each candidate passionately explained how they would add value to the structure.
In her address, Speaker of Council Alderman Patricia Kumalo emphasised the importance of educating learners about local governance systems through platforms such as the Junior City Council.
We congratulate the following learners who were elected as the new office bearers for Junior Council.
Mayor - Katlego Makgata
Deputy Mayor – Arthur Lukhozi
Speaker – Manthepa Setena
Deputy Speaker – Kabelo Hlongwane
Chair of Chairs – Phuthi Lamola
Spokesperson – Katlego Mambana.