The Annual general meeting of the Westlake United Church Trust was held at 10h00 on Saturday 24 November 2018 in the Westlake Community Hall. This well attended event reflected the diversity of the community and showcased some of the talents that we have in our midst.
After opening prayers in a variety of languages, Mr Richard Saner (Manager) introduced the theme of the AGM which was The Hidden Power in Westlake.
Earlier a cellist (Shana- Lee Jansen) had played while guests filtered into the hall, and this was followed up by some impressive singing by Thozama Diyasi (initially accompanied by Shana-Lee on the piano). Both Shana-Lee and Thomzama graduated from the Communiversity earlier this year.
The keymote address was by Mr Derek Ronnie of the More than Peace Coalition. Derek is the Lead Independent mediator in the Westlake- City of Cape Town negotiations arising from a protest march by Westlake residents held earlier in the year. The theme of Derricks address was “Re-imagining new ways to restore Peace and Justice in our Communities”.
This was followed by testimonies from Westlake residents including Jenna Hill, from the crafts and sewing programme, and Jody Roberts (a former Emmanuel learner and now a matric pupil at Norman Henshilwood who has been accepted into the UCT Law School).
Mr Saner then reported back on the 2017 Financial year (see financial reports on home page), and this was followed by a talk by Col. June Cilliers of Kirtsenhof SAPS on the role of SAPS in building Community.
All in all, a very informative and entertaining morning. See pics below.