Mossel Bay’s new Junior Town Council had its first meeting on 3 September 2013 and will in future meet on the first Tuesday of every month during school terms.
The Junior Town Council was established as a youth development project of the Municipality. The Executive Committee was elected with the assistance of the Independent Electoral Commission. The Council consists of 24 members, and all the high schools in the Mossel Bay municipal district, namely Great Brak River, Hillcrest, Indwe, Point and Sao Bras as well as Curro Private School participate in the project.
The Executive Committee is comprised of Jessica Kees (Junior Mayor, Sao Bras), Werner Theron (Junior Deputy Mayor, Point), Beauty Sebonyane (Junior Speaker, Great Brak River), Laverne Grootboom (Community Affairs, Hillcrest), Devon-Wade Baker (Youth Affairs, Sao Bras), Noluvuyo Myeko (Sport, Indwe). Jia Jun Yu of Curro is the Junior Municipal Manager. The Municipal Youth Co-ordinator, Yolande van Aswegen, is an ex officio member of the Council.
One of the main purposes of the Council is to represent the aspirations of the school-going youth of Mossel Bay and to provide a mouthpiece for the youth regarding civic affairs. Another is to promote understanding and appreciation amongst schools in Mossel Bay and to promote good relationships amongst the different language groups.
The Executive Mayor, Alderlady Marie Ferreira (back), together with the Executive Committee of the Junior Town Council. In front are, from left to right, Devon-Wade Baker (Youth Affairs), Jessica Kees (Junior Mayor), Beauty Sebonyane (Junior Speaker) and Werner Theron (Junior Deputy Mayor). At the back, from left to right, are Laverne Grootboom (Community Affairs), Noluvuyo Myeko (Sport) and Jia Jun Yu (Junior Municipal Manager).