Parliament and Penguins take center stage on JTC tour

Not even the stormy weather or roadworks on the R43 could dull the excitement and boisterous spirit of the Overstrand Junior Town Council as they set off on a recent educational tour that included a trip to the Parliamentary precinct in Cape Town. Visits to the Hermanus Additional Municipal Court, Hermanus Transfer Station and Recycling Plant, the newly-established Mount Pleasant Housing Scheme, Kleinmond Library and Stony Point Penguin Colony were just some of the highlights that formed part of the Overstrand leg of the excursion.

Now in its 11th year, the Overstrand Junior Town Council Project is managed by the Enlighten Education Trust in partnership with the Overstrand Municipality.  The body comprises 35 council members, drawn from a pool of grade 9-11 learners of the area’s six high schools, who display promising leadership and outstanding academic capabilities.

During the 12-month term of office, junior council members are exposed to a number of activities that afford insight into the operational elements of local government, public appearances and the delivery of projects that are expressly aimed at benefiting their respective communities.

 

Pictured in front of the Western Cape House of Parliament, with the bust of past-President Nelson Mandela in the background, are Overstrand Mayor Nicolette Botha-Guthrie flanked by members of the Junior Town Council and Enlighten Education Trust's Unity Mtomile (JTC Manager) and Magriet Peter (Trust Manager).
Hermanus Additional Municipal Court Supervisor, Ynanda Lemmer, seen giving the JTC a tour of the premises and providing insight into the facility’s service offering.
JTC members file into the Kleinmond Library where they were met by Ward Cllr Liesel Krige before continuing on to Stony Point Penguin Colony
Stony Point Penguin Colony Tour Guide, Cuan McGeorge (back centre) poses with the group of junior councillors after delivering an informative and comprehensive presentation on the sanctuary and its much-loved feathered inhabitants. Also pictured with the group were Enlighten Education Trust JTC Manager, Unity Mtomile and Qhayiya High Teacher, Nolubabalo Marafana.

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