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MEDIA STATEMENT: Provincial Legislature elects George Mayor and Portfolio Councillor

George Municipality warmly congratulates Executive Mayor Leon Van Wyk on his election to the Western Cape Provincial Legislature. He is joined by colleague Portfolio Councillor Financial Services, Dirk Wessels, in representing the Democratic Alliance (DA).

Ald Van Wyk said today, 11 June, that it has been a tremendous honour and privilege to serve as Executive Mayor and to work closely with the Municipal Manager in dealing with the challenges facing George. “We have had a common vision to deliver a high standard of services, to tackle upgrades of infrastructure, and to plan for the increase in economic activity and investment being experienced. There has been a common objective to improve levels of productivity so that our citizens can benefit through improved living conditions,” he said.

Municipal Manager, Dr. Michele Gratz, echoed these sentiments and said that she has worked exceptionally well with Alderman Van Wyk and believes they have taken George forward due to their common vision and good working relationship. “I wish Ald Van Wyk well on this new chapter of his political career. Our collaborative efforts have significantly advanced the infrastructure and economic growth of George, creating a foundation for continued progress and development,” she added.

Cllr Dirk Wessels expressed excitement for the journey ahead. “It has been an honour to serve the George community. Moving to the Western Cape Legislature gives me the opportunity to once again make a difference. I hope to make George proud.” Dr. Gratz thanked Cllr Wessels for his input over the past years within the Financial Directorate. “Cllr Wessels has been instrumental in strengthening our financial systems and ensuring fiscal responsibility. I am confident that he will bring the same level of commitment and expertise to his new role in the Provincial Legislature,” she stated.

The Deputy Executive Mayor, Raybin Figland, assumes the acting Mayoral role until the council appoints a full-time Executive Mayor, who will be announced in due course.

Caption: Executive Mayor Leon Van Wyk and Portfolio Councillor Dirk Wessels photographed together at the Provincial Legislature chambers in Cape Town today.