Councillor awarded for good service

Ward 50 councillor Angus McKenzie.

Angus McKenzie has received Sub-council 5’s Councillor of the Year award for his work in Ward 50.

The award was presented on Wednesday November 25.

Sub-council manager, Nomfundo Mdingi, said Mr McKenzie had gone above and beyond the call of duty to help his constituency.

“No matter what time of the night it is, he will attend to an issue and always spearheads community projects. He fights for justice within his ward and is at the forefront of community events; always lending a hand. He is dependable and is well-respected by residents,” she said.

Mr McKenzie said he was honoured to receive the award. Uplifting Bonteheuwel and eradicating its social ills were what his job was about, he said.

He said creating employment opportunities, launching soup kitchens, and seeing Bonteheuwel become a safer place were some of his top achievements.

“Issues that still need lots of work are drugs, crime, gangsterism, and education. Residents must know that they can achieve whatever they set their minds to, and that is my job, to help them achieve what they never thought they could or didn’t have the means to. The job definitely affects me personally because I take my job personally,” he said.

Bonteheuwel resident Abie Clayton started working with Mr McKenzie in 2016 when he took over as ward councillor.

“We had a great relationship,” he said. “People must realise that issues cannot be sorted out in a day and that things take time to resolve.”

Bonteheuwel Walking Ladies chairwoman, Soraya Salie, said Mr McKenzie had been at the forefront of creating awareness about Covid-19 in the ward.

“He has donated towards many soup kitchens in the area, and many people have been fed by these soup kitchens. He continues to work hard within the community, and he is always visible. He deserves this award because he is serving our community,” she said.