Please pass this on to good people who want to make a difference on the ground.
Being a City or Town Councillor means more than just being one of the “bosses” of that town, attending meetings and deciding how to spend the available funds; it also means using your skills and resources to solve problems on the ground by supporting, motivating and monitoring municipal officials and ensuring work is done.
Councillors of the years gone by were pure policy makers. The reality of the current job description of a Councillor is far more wide ranging and much of the time involves ensuring things which should “just happen” actually get done. Councillors who work hard and manage to keep a constructive and positive approach to their jobs will find they get great satisfaction out of a job where they know they are making a significant positive difference to their community and municipality each day.
Having said that, you must be tough and have somewhat of a rhino skin. The ANC are rude, extremely racist at times, and openly abuse their power to the benefit of their own. As the DA continues to make inroads into the traditional ANC support-base, the ANC is becoming more confrontational and, basically, taking the DA more seriously.
Be prepared to stand up for what is right and just. And be prepared to lose. In the end, however, our efforts never go in vain because we are the conscience that the ANC has dispensed with, and until we are able to govern in towns and provinces across South Africa, our role is thus of critical importance.
Fight the good fight. Become a DA Councillor.
— Warwick Chapman, Cllr – eThekwini