The Knysna Independent Movement announces Kirsty Hofhuis as the candidate for Knysna Ward 2 (Sedgefield and Karatara) in the local government elections 2021.
Kirsty was born in Zimbabwe and raised in Durban. She matriculated from Ixopo High School. Thereafter she studied pest control at Cedara College. She settled in Sedgefield with her family 14 years ago. Kirsty worked in the pest control and waste industry for 15 years. Part of her work in the waste industry involved promoting and supporting recycling community recycling programmes. This experience stands her in good stead to seek solutions for some of the biggest service delivery challenges in the municipality. Kirsty currently works as an executive assistant to the Mayoral Political Office Bearers at Knysna Municipality.
Kirsty has a passion for her community, the environment and animals and is an active member of her community. She served on the Sedgefield Ratepayers and Residents Committee in 2016 and stepped down when she commenced work for Knysna Municipality. Kirsty co-founded Sedgefield Animal Matters 7 years ago and serves as their chairperson. She is also a committee member of the Knysna Animal Welfare Society. Kirsty’s commitment to her local community led to her being voted Sedgefield Outstanding Community Member in 2017.
Kirsty will pursue the following priorities in Council on behalf of Ward 2:
- Fighting for an increase in the capital allocation for infrastructure to focus on stormwater upgrades and roads resurfacing.
- Promoting community safety through engaging with the private and government stakeholders.
- Lobbying for the reinstitution of an area management system, with dedicated law enforcement and local public works capacity.
- Facilitating engagements with Provincial and National Government to accelerate housing delivery to the people of Karatara.
- Focussing on economic opportunities, through promoting sustainable community farming in Karatara and tourism initiatives in Sedgefield.
- Prioritising youth development programmes in both communities. This includes recycling swap-shop, sport and entertainment initiatives.