The Patriotic Alliance’s (PA) leader Gayton McKenzie is getting all the love and praise for the work he’s doing in the Central Karoo, where he is District Mayor.
Gayton McKenzie drums up hope with promise to Central Karoo
Since taking over the greater Western Cape region, thanks to a coalition agreement with the ANC, McKenzie has won over the hearts of South Africans with his practical approach to his mayoral duties..
He is visible on social media every day, letting supporters in on the work underway in restoring dignity in the Central Karoo. When he was sworn in as mayor in April 2022, he vowed to eradicate pit latrines by the time he reaches 100 days of his tenure.
With less than a month left until the deadline day, McKenzie has already gotten to work with creating temporary employment in the derelict region, hiring locals and drumming up financial support to build an ablution infrastructure in the town.
Moreover, as reported by IOL News, McKenzie has launched a bid to open a tar plant in Central Karoo. This, the mayor stresses, is the immediate solution to closing up potholes in the region and reducing the finances involved in purchasing tar from Cape Town and George.
Perhaps, his biggest promise came on Sunday, when he vowed to transform Central Karoo into Dubai, one of the world’s fastest-transforming mega cities.
“We will turn this place into Dubai,we fixing the basics like bucket toilets, potholes and jobs for all, we will start an ambitious construction project like never seen before after my hundred day mark,our people are cynical because of past heartaches by politicians, I’m different,” he wrote.
In the 1970s, Dubai was nothing more than a large stretch of desert and a popular fishing location. However, the discovery of oil in the region quite literally transformed the landscape of the United Arab Emirates (UAE) city. In a span of three decades, Dubai transformed into a construction mecca and one of the world’s most visited destinations.
McKenzie’s dream of changing the landscape of Central Karoo may be wildly ambitious, but it must be recognised that even if he falls short, his practical approach in changing the lives of the once-forgotten Western Cape locals will leave a lasting impact on his legacy.
A hundred people started paid training today, they will be trained by professionals and start full time in a few weeks. It’s all smiles and tears ❤️❤️❤️ pic.twitter.com/IuYf42LdH4— Gayton McKenzie (@GaytonMcK) June 20, 2022