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The City’s Junior City Council (JCC) recently elected a Junior Mayor and executive committee who will steer the initiatives and programmes set out for their two-year term. Close cooperation between the JCC and the City Council will pave the way for engagement with the community and learners as they initiate projects that will create a better understanding of the work of Council and the importance of partnerships with community sectoral groups. Read more below:

The Executive Committee of the JCC consists of the Junior Mayor, Junior Deputy Mayor, Junior Speaker and Junior Chief Whip. The executive committee will play a leading role on behalf of the 150 learners in the JCC, act as ambassadors for the City and facilitate discussions with youth groups. Each of the executive committee members are young leaders in their own right.

Councillor Benedicta van Minnen, custodian of the JCC, says ‘The City has committed to assist the JCC in reaching their goals and objectives for their term of office. Some of the objectives include the development of good leadership skills among high school youth, teaching youth to become involved in community issues and to solve problems independently.

‘I would once again like to congratulate the executive committee on their election and hope they will engage with various platforms in the community and inspire youth to think critically and help them develop an understanding of public policy processes.’

About the JCC Executive Committee:

The Junior Mayor, Sinovuyo Mankayi, is a Grade 10 learner at Rhodes High School, Rondebosch, where he is a representative on his school’s governing body. Sinovuyo is a keen debater, a boy scout, an avid jogger and an entrepreneur who runs his own business in home eco-cleaning. He aspires to study and work in the field of commerce, but has a soft spot for politics.

‘I would like to promote the JCC as much as possible as I feel that not enough learners know about the important role that the JCC plays. Youth should have the opportunity to be exposed to positive things and participate on various community platforms,’ he said.

The Junior Deputy Mayor, Alessio Marcus, a Grade 9 learner at Beacon Hill Secondary School, Mitchells Plain, is involved in the Inspired Stages group where they empower the youth and give them a platform to show their talents in singing, dancing and drama.

Music plays a big role in his life and he had the opportunity to be a part of the Cape Town Children’s Choir which he says was one of the best experiences he has ever had.

One of his best attributes is confidence which assists him with public speaking. He dreams of becoming a politician.

Alessio is the vice-chairperson of the Representative Council of Learners (RCL) at his school.

The JCC’s Junior Chief Whip, Sibongiseni Sigodi, is responsible for overseeing the rules that members must adhere to. Sibongiseni, born and raised in Khayelitsha, is a learner from Oval North High School in Mitchells Plain. She became interested in politics as she saw how councillors make decisions that help the residents in their communities.

She is currently the deputy chairperson of the RCL at her school, and a member of the Cape Argus Quiz. Sibongiseni is involved in community projects and her most recent project was to organise a sports fun day at the Bongolethu Primary School for disadvantaged children in Philippi .

As the Junior Speaker, Jule Booysen will chair the JCC meetings and see to it that proceedings take place in an orderly manner. Jule is a learner at Bernadino Heights High School in Kraaifontein.

Jule loves the outdoors and practices karate. She’s a people’s person and loves meeting new people.

Jule believes that it doesn’t matter where you come from. No matter the circumstances, if you have a dream and believe in your ability, you can achieve your goals.

She belongs to the debating society and believes that everyone has the right to express their opinion. She also forms part of the RCL at her school because she believes everyone has the right to be represented equally – that’s one of the reasons she ran for the position of Junior Speaker.

She invests her time and commitment in winter drives to collect food and blankets for the less fortunate as well as social outreaches in areas where gangsterism is a big problem – as it was Mandela’s dream that each South African stands up for the next.

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