Overstrand Junior Town Council Manager:
Nontuthuzelo Unity Mtomile

The Junior Town Council youth leadership project is managed by Enlighten Trust on behalf of the Overstrand Municipality. Members are elected annually by the six High Schools in the Overstrand. This youth project focuses on developing the leadership potential of the
young councillors and encouraging the spirit of “Ubuntu” at a very young age.

Thirty-five councillors were inaugurated in November 2017 and they took part in a weekend leadership training camp early in 2018. The aim of the camp is to equip them with skills and knowledge that will be useful in school and in their daily lives.

Two in-depth and informative tours were organised by the Overstrand Municipality to visit some of the municipal departments, facilities and infrastructures. The young leaders were given an opportunity to share their work with the broader community of the Overstrand by
taking part in radio interviews at the Whale Coast community radio station.

Four centralised meetings were organised, one each quarter. This opportunity gave these young leaders an opportunity give feedback on their community service projects that they identify in their respective communities.

The Junior Town Council of 2018 touched many lives during their term in office as they embarked on different projects:

  • A Christmas party was organised by the 2017 & 2018 JTC for the Camphill kids on 7 December 2017. Shoe-boxes packed with gifts were handed out to the children.
  • Junior Town Council members from Hermanus High School and CURRO visited the Golden Harvest Old Age Home in Hermanus.
  • A Teenage Pregnancy Awareness Day was organised at Gansbaai Academia, Gansbaai.
  • As the whole country was celebrating Youth Day, the Junior Town Councillors joined in the festivities. A Fun Day and Sports Day was held at the Gansbaai Sports Field.
  • Five Junior Town Council members participated in a live interview with Mr. Rodney Nissen on his show called “Time for Change”. The theme for the day was “rebuilding our town through new leaders and brave hearts”.
  • Junior Town Council members from Qhayiya Secondary School assisted at a community gathering organised by the Zwelihle Red Cross for the empowerment of women.
  • Junior Town Council members from Hawston Secondary School gathered necessities for a pampering session at an old age home in Hawston.