On Wednesday, 27 October 2021, South Africans will go to the polls to vote in the local government elections to elect leadership and public representatives at metropolitan, district and local level.
Pres. Cyril Ramaphosa has urged eligible – and especially first-time voters – to ensure they are registered to participate in the elections which provide the basis for development and service delivery closest to where citizens live.
So why vote?
- · Voting gives you an opportunity to be part of decision-making that affects your life and the future of our country. If you don’t vote, others will make the decisions for you. Don’t give up your vote.
- · Elections have consequences. You have the power to decide on the quality of life you want for yourself and your community, and even future generations. Voting is your chance to stand up for the issues you care about. Your power is in your vote, and your vote is an opportunity for change.
- · You pay taxes (even when you just buy a loaf of bread), but do you know how that tax money is being spent? Most people don’t. Voting is your chance to choose how your taxes are spent – such as funding for social services, healthcare and schooling.
- · Democracy only works if people participate. Unless you actively participate in the process by casting your vote, democracy doesn’t work.
Low voter turnouts are an indication of a democracy in danger of losing its freedom. In thriving democracies, people vote in large numbers and the people’s voice remains supreme.
UASA urges its members and all South Africans to cast their vote in October. Take the opportunity seriously and make your voice heard the best possible future for all.
For further enquiries or to set up a personal interview, contact Abigail Moyo at 065 170 0162.