There was much excitement in the Germiston Council Chambers recently as 135 Grade Nine and 10 learners were inaugurated as the metro’s junior councillors.
The Junior City Council is a programme led by the metro’s Citizen Responsibility Campaigns Office working with the Gauteng Department of Education to educate school learners about 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 as 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 were fit for the positions they aspired to occupy.
The council was abuzz with spirited and robust speeches 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 government systems through platforms such as the Junior City Council.
The metro congratulates the following learners who were elected as the new office bearers for the Junior Council:
• Mayor: Katlego Makgata.
• Deputy mayor: Arthur Lukhozi.
• Speaker: Manthepa Setena.
• Deputy speaker: Kabelo Hlongwane.
• Chair of chairs: Phuthi Lamola.
• Spokesperson: Katlego Mambana.
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