An honour of the highest order for councillors, the title of alderman is bestowed by council in terms of its Conferment of Civic Honours policy.
This policy outlines stringent qualifying criteria that include an unbroken record of serving as an Ekurhuleni councillor, determined by an accumulative points system.
Once conferred, a councillor may retain the use of the title post-tenure.
Recognising and honouring those consistently entrusted to lead their communities is a significant aspect of nation building.
It is a reflection of a relationship founded on the principles of ‘Batho Pele’ (putting people first), which council champions as its core value system through the City of Ekurhuleni.
The concept of alderman exists at local government level in many jurisdictions internationally and locally.
Forty-two councillors were entered on the list, including DA councillor for Ward 105 in Brakpan, Jackie Reilly.
Council also acknowledged and congratulated members of the Ekurhuleni Junior City Council who performed outstandingly in their matric exams.
“It’s a great honour to have been a part of grooming these young people,” said alderman Patricia Kumalo, speaker of council, who continues to champion the Junior City Council initiative through her office.
“Fulfilling their Junior City Council duties while staying focused at school and achieving superb results is indeed an excellent achievement,” Kumalo said.
“Thank you for shaping a complex model for future junior councillors.
“As you pursue your chosen career streams and your journey gains momentum, I urge you to continue to strive for excellence.”
Ekurhuleni’s first ordinary sitting of council proved to be both eventful and memorable.