Statement by Geraldine Mettler
A special council meeting was called for Thursday, 14 November 2019 to fill two vacancies in the Stellenbosch Council. On the election of Councillor Nyaniso Jindela as acting Speaker on Monday (11 November 2019), the position of Speaker and Deputy Executive Mayor became vacant.
Following the election procedures as provided for in the Municipal Structures Act, Councillor Nyaniso Jindela was elected as the new Speaker of the Stellenbosch Municipal Council and Councillor Wilhelmina Petersen was elected as the new Deputy Executive Mayor. Both positions were elected uncontested and through consensus by the entire council.
During his acceptance speech Speaker Jindela expressed his gratitude to his predecessor for the work she has done and said he is looking forward to the new challenge.
Deputy Executive Mayor Petersen said it was a privilege to be elected and will continue to work hard as part of a committed team that is improving the broader Stellenbosch.
The portfolio of Human Settlements will continue as the responsibility of the Deputy Executive Mayor.