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Profile of Simon Klaas
Position: Chief whip – Madibeng local municipality
DATE OF BIRTH: 05 May 1955
Place of birth: Ottosdaal (North WEST PROVINCE)
Member of the ANC Regional Executive Committee (REC) in Bojanala Region.
Simon Klaas is undoubtedly an accomplished dynamic and courageous public leader who joins the list of leaders who have played a pivotal role in helping define the political and social fabric of a post-apartheid South Africa.
His illustrious political involvement in the struggle against apartheid is a true epitome of a community leader who rose and surmounted the travesties of growing up in a repressive apartheid society that was characterised by deep rooted racial, cultural and gender discrimination that faced many people at that time.
Simon Klaas was born on the 05 May 1955 at Ottosdaal, he regards his birth as an interesting because:
“It is the very same year a month after his birth where the adoption of the Freedom Charter by the Congress of the People was widely recognized both in South Africa and internationally as an event of major political significance. Where in his message to the Congress of the People, Chief Albert Luthuli, the banned National President of the ANC said:
“‘Why will this assembly be significant and unique? Its size, I hope, will make it unique. But above all its multi-racial nature and its noble objectives will make it unique because it will be the first time in the history of our multi-racial nation that its people from all walks of life will meet as equals, irrespective of race, colour and creed, to formulate a Freedom Charter for all people in the country.”
Growing up in a visibly marginalized and poverty stricken community. Simon Klaas had a relentless curiosity about the situation faced by many black people. He formally started his political life when joined the ANC in Oukasie.
Simon Klaas completed his matric at Bethel High School where he had an interest in History that leaded him in developing an interest for politics, he had extraordinary tactical-political skills and became what he would remain all his life: a determined and committed public leader whose vision and
ideals were to fight for the rights for those who were ostracized and shacked to grim conditions of poverty, underdevelopment and gender discrimination in South Africa.
In 1987, he joined the South African Civic Organization as the chairperson in Letlhabile were he ensure that the lives of people are developed and improved. And then in 1988 he became a NUMSA shopsteward at Autocast PTY Ltd (ATC), and ultimately became the Local shopsteward of Congress of South African Trade Union (COSATU) in Brits 1990. That was where he became active in local politics, as results he became the active member of the South African Communist Party (SACP).
Simon Klaas is a political activist whose unappalled dedication to the struggle and served in various leadership structures of the political formations that pioneered the demise of the apartheid regime in 1994, including serving in positions in the ANC at the Branch and Zonal level.
Simon Klaas joined the Brits TLC in 1995 as a Ward Councilor in Letlhabile where he became the ANC Chief Whip in 1996, then Chairperson of the Executive Committee of Brits TLC in 1998.
He was reelected in 2000 and appointed as the Member of the Mayoral Committee (MMC) responsible for Finance and ultimately an MMC for Human Settlement and Planning in 2006, then MMC for Infrastructure and Technical Service in 2011, he also serve in various Sub-Committees of SALGA.
He was appointed the Chief Whip of the ruling part 2011 (ANC) IN Madibeng Local Municipality, and elected as the member of the ANC Regional Executive Committee in Bojanala in 2014. On the 03 of August 2016 he was elected as the member of BPDM and appointed as Chief whip
OFFICE OF THE CHIEF WHIP
The new system of government represents a paradigm shift from the old system since it incorporates a vision of a developmental local government system. The Office of the Chief Whip was established to create synergy and to maintain discipline among Councilors from various Political Parties. The Role of the Chief Whip of Council covers both the political and administrative domains of Council with emphasis on the political aspect.