Ward 32 councilor in Greenstone and Modderfontein Dimakatso Moloisane is on a mission to bring service delivery back to residents.
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“Residents have lost faith in the municipality so much that they are doing the maintenance the city should be doing and it’s unfair to my communities,” Moloisane said.
Moloisane was elected as Ward 32’s new councilor in last year’s local elections, but his career in activism began more than a decade before.
“I first worked with the local CPF youth structures in Norwood and Orange Grove before volunteering at the Hillbrow SAPS youth office where I was secretary.”
He said that when he started looking for a political home, he looked at several parties.
“One of the biggest parties in South Africa actually approached me, but I found them quite hostile and was told I was not a good fit for the party.”
He approached other parties, but either never heard from them or they didn’t match his beliefs.
“I subscribed to the DA Youth Desk newsletter and started following what the party was doing.”
Under the mentorship of party leaders, Moloisane worked with his neighborhood councillor.
In 2014, he was working with the party on social media management and spending time in the radio room during the election.
“In 2015 I was elected Public Relations Adviser for Roodepoort and in 2016 after the election I was placed in Soweto as Public Relations Adviser for two wards.”
He started working with former Ward 32 Councilor Bongani Nkomo in 2018.
“At that time, I had been in Ward 32 for as long as I can remember. I also knew that Nkomo wanted to develop his political career and was considering another position. Last year, I gave the green light to present myself as the DA candidate for the district in the local elections.
Moloisane said the neighborhood, which stretches from Modderfontein to Buccleuch, has been overlooked by city officials.
“I want to restore basic service delivery to my residents. Repairing roads, mowing grass, and general maintenance are high on my list. I don’t want the city to wait for residents to complain before something is done, it should just be done.
“I want residents to know they have a councilor who will fight for them.”
One of the biggest problems in the neighborhood is the high unemployment rate in Klipfontein.
“I work every day to find ways to empower young people to start their own businesses and be the change in the economy.”
He believes the turning point of the South African economy is to upskill the unemployed to create their own success.
“I hope my small contribution as a counselor can make a difference in someone’s life.
Residents of district 32 can contact Moloisane on Whatsapp: 072 039 3517 or call 081 582 5055.
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