Over 500 delegates from all over the Eastern Cape attended the DA Provincial Congress last weekend in Jeffreys Bay.
Key speakers at the Congress included Helen Zille as well as Mmusi Maimane, the DA leader in Parliament.
Following the excellent results in the 2014 elections, a number of DA leaders in Kouga received awards at the Congress.
Councillor Danny Benson won the performer of the year after winning Pellsrus for the DA, for the first time ever.
Cllr Frances Baxter won the DA woman of the year award for her efforts in the DA Womens’ structure.
Cllr Brenton Williams, together with the Ward 14 branch chairperson Robin Jantjies won the DA branch of the year for their excellent results in the 2014 elections.
The DA in Kouga won the Constituency of the year award for being the only DA region to win the majority vote in 2014.
Cllr Chimpie Cawood was awarded a lifetime achievement award for his efforts in establishing the DA in the Kouga as well as the Eastern Cape over the past 15 years.
Chimpie Cawood’s passion for local government resulted in him being a town councillor for 21 years – 6 years in Stellenbosch in 15 years in Kouga.
His leadership capabilities also resulted in him being elected as mayor of Stellenbosch for two terms and in Kouga for two years, before the DA lost Kouga due to floor crossing.
He considers the highlight of his political career, the fact that he was a member of the “Stellenbosch Discussion Group 85” who received world-wide publicity by inter alia challenging the then President PW Botha, who was also the university’s vice chancellor, to restructure the South African political scenario.
“Our splendid result in the 2014 National / Provincial elections is a just reward for his dedication to the DA’s cause in Kouga and he richly deserves a DA Lifetime Achievement reward,” said Elza Van Lingen, the DA Member of Parliament for Kouga.
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