“I have a passion to serve and improve the lives of my people and community. These are not just issues faced by residents, but also by me, since I was born and bred in this community.”
These were the powerful and poignant words echoed by the newly elected ANC ward councillor, Previn Vedan, who believes that he can make a huge difference by tackling community issues at a grassroot level with much integrity and honesty in ward 71.
Described as a humanist, visionary and having a bubbly personality, the 26-year-old community activist has been hailed as a ‘people’s champion’ and has his roots firmly planted into the community.
Vedan has been an active member of several youth and civic organisations for more than a decade and has an indomitable spirit to succeed in whatever he undertakes.
As a human rights lawyer, he was able to travel and visit various communities, where he was tasked to find solutions for problems that residents faced.
Speaking to the Rising Sun, the Buddhist said, “I believe that it is truly a blessing to have all of these factors in my life, as these make me well-grounded. It has also given me a broader outlook towards life. I want to improve the community in which I live in. Even though my face was on the election posters, I had a powerful team, who backed me up all the way. I was inspired by my father, who is also a lawyer and a former councillor. My activism was also largely inspired by Clive Pillay of the youth centre, who has always been selfless in his deeds and actions.”
Vedan ran on a ticket of ‘new generation, new hope, new energy’ inspired by the Thuma Mina campaign led by president, Cyril Ramaphosa.
The hotly contested ward 71 comprises of Shallcross, Crossmoor, Moorton and Bottlebrush.
“The campaign was well received. People were excited and I believe I created an impact in their lives. I have walked the streets campaigning door to door and I will continue to deal with the needs and wants of the people,” he added.
He expressed his commitment in changing the lives of his people.
“Now that the elections are over, we need to continue to engage with the people at a grassroot level and make their lives more comfortable. I also want to work with other stakeholders effectively to improve our community,” added Vedan.
In his spare time, the councillor enjoys reading, hiking and runs an active scouts organisation.
The first time councillor beat the DA’s Fatima Ismail by a landslide 469 votes with the IFP, EFF, MF, ACDP, Al Jama-ah and DLC picking up the minor placing.