IT was with considerable sadness and disappointment that I read Bruce Wigg's letter, "Congratulations on win" (October 29). Councillor Jeremy Davis served Ward 5 for many years, returning to office in 2011 with a 85% share of the vote for the DA.
At all times during his tenure as councillor, Davis did the very best he could, with dwindling resources being budgeted throughout the metro. This has made it very difficult for all ward councillors to keep up the standards previously enjoyed by our city's residents.
Davis embraced many causes, including that of assisting a rehabilitated alcoholic in recent times, assisted by his wife, colleagues and friends, to the extent that the young man is now gainfully employed and appears fully on the road to recovery. Davis has always been a dedicated councillor in serving the metro, always seeking to raise the bar, despite many obstacles placed in his way, and never lost faith in the power of the human spirit and the goodness of those he served.
When the land next to the old Erica School was threatened by development, Davis ensured, with the help of archaeologists and historians, that the area was carefully investigated, to the extent that the remains of the Mfengu people were discovered. This led, directly, to the immediate termination of the development and the appropriate honour being given to the remains of the Mfengu, for posterity.
Davis has always operated without fear or favour and has also done everything in his power to protect the historical buildings in Central, Richmond Hill and elsewhere in our city. This mission is clearly an ongoing project and Davis will have handed over the reins to incoming councillor Morne Steyn, as he takes office.
Davis has retired with all honour from the DA caucus. We salute Davis and thank him and his wife, Marilyn, for a much valued contribution to the city.
It must be said Davis left Ward 5 in a much better condition than that in which he found it.
Leon de Villiers, DA caucus leader, NMB Municipality