By the time the next edition of The Village NEWS is distributed voting will be underway in what is one of the most important national elections since 1994.

Politics are always a very emotive subject and it is easier to sow division than unity during election campaigns.

Our towns have had their fair share of political upheavals during the last year and it is our hope that after the election the hatchets will be buried, and our elected representatives can get back to work for their communities.

Although this election will not influence the current status quo within our municipality, it will have a tangible influence on local politics from a national and provincial level.

Opinion polls in the run-up to this election make for an interesting read as they show that the two main political rivals, the ANC and the DA, will both lose support at the ballot box.

This means that smaller parties are gaining ground and it is expected that this will, in turn, have a material influence when local elections are held next. The validity of this will only be known after the final votes in this election have been counted.

No matter what the outcome is, there are several truths that we as South Africans must face. Among them are the issues over expropriation of land, housing and service delivery, economic growth and social cohesion.

In the Overstrand, we are faced with our own unique challenges and it is our hope that both national and provincial governments will enable us to reach the goals that have been set in terms of economic growth, housing and land distribution.

For this to happen, petty party politics need to be set aside, and all elected representatives need to work together for the greater good of all.

We cannot allow the work that has been done to date on the delivery of housing to be undone after the election.

Therefore, no matter what your political persuasion is, ensure that on 8 May you cast your vote and make your voice heard.



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