“The fact that the DA garnered 95.2% of the votes in the Ward 13 by-election is a clear mandate and I will ensure that the residents receive the same high level of service delivery that they are used to,” says the newly elected Ward Councillor for Onrus, Jean Orban.
Jean (33) and his accountant wife, Lolla (29), moved to Onrus at the end of 2014 after he was appointed as sales manager at Rola Volkswagen in Hermanus.
“We immediately fell in love with Hermanus and especially with Onrus, and decided this is the perfect place to raise children.” The couple has three children, Kayla (4), Lilly (2) and Benjamin (6 months).
Jean says his passion for Onrus stems from the warmth and caring nature of the residents of this closeknit community. “From the first day we were welcomed with open arms and I soon realised that becoming involved in the community is not only to my benefit but also to that of my neighbours and their neighbours. There are too many instances of work that needs to be done for the benefit of the community that falls by the wayside because everyone thinks there will be somebody else to do the work. Well, I have decided to become that somebody else. I love seeing things happen.”
Jean’s eagerness to serve his community stems from his personality as a leader. Born in Worcester, he travelled around Europe for a while before returning to his hometown and joining the NTT Volkswagen group there. After only two and a half years Jean was appointed as manager, the youngest ever in the history of the group.
“I love to lead from the front and joining Volkswagen has opened up many new opportunities for me. I was among a few who were selected to do a VW leadership development programme at the Business School of the University of Stellenbosch. That taught me a lot about not only taking charge but also on how to manage people.”
Jean says while he no longer has the time to indulge as much as he would like in his favourite game of golf, he is an avid sports fan. “I love watching cricket and tennis and I am without a doubt a huge Stormers supporter, but nowadays my hobbies have made way for my family. Three young children keep you on your toes,” he smiles.
“There are big issues that need to be tackled in the Onrus/Vermont area,” he continues. “Much has been said about the state of the Onrus lagoon. It is my mission to assist in the Onrus beach achieving Blue Flag status. By definition that will mean that we will in cooperation with other role players ensure that the water quality in the lagoon improves. The building of a new pump station near Kidbrooke at a cost R5 million will assist in reaching this goal. All septic tanks within 200 metres of the Onrus river will also be checked for leaks.
“I will also work closely with the community on ensuring that the area stays safe and that the rise of crime is adequately addressed. I urge residents to report all crimes, no matter how petty, to the SAPS and to join the neighbourhood watch.” Jean adds that he is committed to keeping communication channels between the Municipality and residents open.