Seaboard blue once again

Miriam "Myra" Mark, 90, was one of the oldest people to vote at the Fisheries in Sea Point.

Atlantic Seaboard and City Bowl residents can look forward to two new ward councillors – and a new sub-council chair – servicing their area.

Ward 54 councillor Jacques Weber and Marga Haywood who had served as councillor for parts of Hout Bay and Camps Bay, did not run for re-election as ward councillors; and Sub-council 16 chairman Demetri Qually, retired.

In addition to this, the ward demarcation on the seaboard was changed, impacting the boundaries of wards 54, 74 and 77 and creating a new ward – Ward 115.

Before the changes took effect, Ward 74 comprised parts of Camps Bay, Bakoven and Hout Bay, with Ward 54 also including parts of Camps Bay, Sea Point, Green Point, Mouille Point and De Waterkant. This meant that Camps Bay had two different ward councillors serving different parts of the area.

Now all of Camps Bay, along with Sea Point, is in one ward – Ward 54 – with Hout Bay and Llandudno making up Ward 74.

Ward 77 includes Bo-Kaap, District Six, parts of the CBD, Gardens,

Tamboerskloof, Vredehoek and Oranjezicht, while Mouille Point, Green Point and De Waterkant along with parts of the CBD, Woodstock and Paarden Eiland, make up the new Ward 115.

Voters showed their support for the Democratic Alliance (DA) in last week’s election, with the party taking the majority votes in all the Atlantic Seaboard and City Bowl wards.

Former Ward 77 councillor Dave Bryant, maintained his position in the CBD when he was elected ward councillor in Ward 115.

In Ward 54, where Shayne Ramsay was elected ward councillor, the DA won, with 93.61 percent of the votes.

This was followed by the ANC, 3.69 percent of the vote while the Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) managed 0.75. Overall 20 990 people turned out to vote in the ward, with 147 of them spoiling their votes.

In Ward 77, where newcomer Brandon Golding was elected ward councillor, the DA again came out on top with 89.24 percent of the vote, followed by Al Jama-ah who managed 3.01 percent and the EFF with 2.12 percent.

In Ward 115 84.26 percent of the vote went to the DA, 7.28 percent to the ANC and 2.90 percent to the EFF.

There were a total of 22 306 votes cast in the ward, with 195 of them being spoilt.

Provincial electoral officer Courtney Sampson said praised the “sterling work of our appointed Mediation Panelist over the past six months” and said accredited observer organisations maintained a visible presence across the province.

Voters told the Atlantic Sun that they had, largely, experienced no problems at the polls. However, at St Cyprians High School, one of the biggest voting districts in the area. There was a wait of up to two hours in the afternoon.