Anthony Benadie MPL
Provincial Leader – Mpumalanga
On 24 April the DA will contest two by-elections in Ward 17 (Nelspruit/Steiltes) and Ward 30 (White River) in the Mbombela local municipality. This follows the resignation of two DA councillors earlier this month.
The DA considers these two wards as critically important in the municipality and provides residents the perfect opportunity for to re-endorse their support of our efforts.
Ward 17 comprises Steiltes, Nelsville and Nelspruit CBD, with most residents in the higher income categories. There are 6 000 registered voters, of which the DA garnered 80,62% during the 2011 local government elections.
Ward 30 comprises White River, with residential income bracket ranging from lower middle class through to the higher end. There are 4 500 registered voters of which the DA gained 68,4% in 2011.
Following a transparent, and rigorous nomination process, our selection panel elected the strongest possible candidates to stand for election in these wards. We are confident that both will render an effective service to residents of their respective wards, and represent them well in their communities and the local council, while providing an effective service to the party.
As the 2014 national elections draw near, we are determined to ensure that our councillors are in touch with their communities. In line with our provincial vision of bringing about a true state of permanent DA presence in the minds of voters, and fostering a relation of trust between the DA and these communities, our candidates will begin serving these respective wards with immediate effect.
Ward 17 Werner le Grange holds a Master’s degree in political science from the then Rand Afrikaans University. He became involved in student body politics, and served on the Student’s Representative Council. He is a seasoned campaigner with stints with Amnesty International and the Zimbabwe Solidarity Campaign, before getting involved in the fight against corruption. He currently serves as a steering committee member of the Lowveld Chamber of Commerce and Tourism’s Anti-Corruption Forum as well as a director on the Mpumalanga Leadership Foundation.
Ward 30 Trudie Grove Morgan is long-time resident of Hillsview and has been actively involved in politics since the age of 18. She cut her political teeth in Rev Allan Hendrickse’s Labour party in the 1980s until its amalgamation with the ANC in 1994. Like many south Africans, Trudie has realised that she shares the DA’s values and principles, and joined us in early 2011. She stood as our candidate in Ward 38 during the 2011 local government elections, and established a significant DA presence in that ward.
The DA firmly endorses both these candidates and we are confident that they hold the resolve, track record and skill serve the communities with dedication and commitment.