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How a 24-year-old rose from being a nobody to being the youngest mayor

At 24 years old many young adults will be busy chasing dreams. But Chad Louw has become Oudtshoorn municipality's young mayor. 

“It is the opportune time that youngsters lead,” he said.

“[With] youngsters joining, this won’t erode those that are matured in local governance but will enhance what is there.”

In Oudtshoorn, which the DA won with 55.41% of the vote in 2016, the party’s support dropped to 30.06% in 2021 — costing it seven seats in the process.

This time the DA won seven seats, the ANC eight, FF+ three and the Independent Civic Organisation of SA (ICOSA) two.

Oudtshoorn Gemeenskaps Inisiatief (OGI), GOOD, the Patriotic Alliance and the SuidKaap Saamstaan have a single seat each.

Louw was the ANC’s Ward 9 candidate. ICOSA’s Vlancio Donson was elected deputy mayor.

The new speaker is Colan Sylvester, a former DA mayor, who moved to the Oudtshoorn Gemeenskaps Inisiatief [OGI].

The ANC’s Nomsa Jaxa was elected as the council whip of the 25-seat council After his election, Louw said that being in the position would inspire the youth.

“For those coming from poor communities, this [will be] a reminder that [anything] is possible. I also come from a poor community but by working hard I managed to get myself out of my circumstances.”

He said the future looked exciting and his tenure would not be a one-man show.

“Those that say [they] are here to enrich themselves or their families through nepotism are in the wrong place. It is the opportune time that youngsters come [to] lead.”

Louw said he had started a bachelor of arts in film and television but did not finish due to financial constraints. He went on to do two short courses.

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