As to who would obtain the vote of Observatory resident Patrick Budgeon, he was looking for an advisor “transparent, engaged with the community and, above all, someone who is responsible”.
Budgeon was one of a handful who showed up in the heavy downpour at Hartleyvale Stadium in the 30 minutes that took Daily Maverick was at the station.
Observatory is a diverse suburb that made headlines last year for the development of the R4 billion River Club where Amazon and other companies will have their offices.
Observatory has a mix of residents, including students and young professionals, and is home to the University of Cape Town and Cape Peninsula University of Technology student residences.
Various groups have walked and petitioned against the development of the River Club, quoting environmental and heritage implications.
For Budgeon, however, the saga didn’t take into account who he voted for. He was more interested in an advisor who would prioritize safety and social development.
Ward 57 includes the Observatory, parts of Woodstock, Mowbray, Rosebank and Zonnebloem.
In the 2016 local elections, 55% of registered voters in this constituency voted. That year, 75% of the vote went to the DA and 11% to the ANC, while the EFF got 6%.
According to the 2011 census, 29,939 people live in Ward 57, most of whom are between 20 and 29 years old.
When Daily Maverick visited just before 10 a.m., there were few people who appeared to be in that age group.
As the elections approach, many political parties used their lthe faces of readers on posters, with little information about neighborhood candidates. While this left some voters in the dark as to who to vote for, Scott, a resident of the Observatory, who declined to give his last name, said: “What is most important [for me] is the party that leads and the values they hold; individual applicants are not as important.
In light of the rolling South Africa Power cuts For the past 14 years, Scott had hoped the new adviser would prioritize the supply of electricity.
About 2 km from Ward 57, a tent was set up as a polling station on Victoria Walk in Woodstock, which is in Area 115.
Voters had to jump over puddles while avoiding the rain to get to the polling station, where the ANC, Good and the DA had pitched their own tents. At around 10:30 a.m., a dozen people were waiting to vote.
Voters wore masks, in accordance with Covid-19 protocols, but there was little physical distancing, although there was no way to fix this so people weren’t standing in the rain.
In a wheelchair inside the tent, Noel Oliver, 80, said he still didn’t know who would get his vote.
“But the candidate I would like is someone who can prove they can do something and not make promises right before the election. I know the ANC is doing this, they promise different things to different neighborhoods but they are breaking their word, ”he said.
According to the 2011 census, 30,754 people live in district 115. In the last local elections, around 60% of registered voters in the region went to the polling station.
In 2016, the DA obtained 84% of the votes in district 115, the ANC 7% and the EFF 3%.
While most of Ward 115’s residents are between the ages of 20 and 29, around 11 a.m. most of the voters in line appeared to be in their 40s and over.
The rain was expected to dissipate in the afternoon. DM