Junior City Council elects new executive committee for 2023 term

24 Jul 2023 in Where We Govern

The City of Cape Town’s Junior City Council (JCC) elected their Executive Committee Members this past weekend. Read more below:

The Office of the Speaker is pleased to announce the successful election of Cape Town’s new Junior City Council (JCC) Executive Committee for the 2023 term.

Under the auspices of City Speaker, Alderman Felicity Purchase’s Office, and with the incredible work being undertaken by Cllr. Donovan Nelson – the appointed JCC Custodian – the City is committed to fostering civic responsibility among Grade 10 and Grade 11 learners in all 116 wards and 21 subcouncils.

The JCC also assists and develops the skills, self-image, and leadership abilities of young individuals, enabling them to proudly serve as City Ambassadors.

The previous Executive Committee’s term came to an end in 2022, after having made significant contributions to the JCC’s activities and the communities they represent. We extend our gratitude to the outgoing members for their dedication and service.

The newly elected JCC Executive Committee members for the 2023 term are:

  1. Junior Executive Mayor:        Dirk Hagen, Grade 11, DF Malan High School
  2. Junior Deputy Mayor:            Fayhaa Khalil, Grade 10, Abbots College Rondebosch
  3. Junior Speaker:                      Teagan Bender, Grade 11, False Bay High School
  4. Junior Chief Whip:                 Hlumelo Jeke, Grade 11, Athlone High School

These young leaders were chosen through a democratic electoral process, supported by campaigning and nominations by the current JCC members.

The election took place on Saturday, July 22, 2023, at the City of Cape Town’s Municipal Council Chambers, with the Independent Electoral Commission (IEC) serving as the presiding officer.

The JCC’s new Executive Committee members are poised to embrace their roles and responsibilities with enthusiasm. They will work tirelessly to strengthen the JCC’s interaction and collaboration with external partners and organisations committed to creating a City of Hope.

JCC Custodian, Cllr. Nelson expressed his satisfaction with the electoral outcome and conveyed his excitement to work alongside the new Executive Committee on upcoming projects. Their collective efforts will ensure that the Junior Councillors remain actively involved in shaping our City


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