Originally from East London in the Eastern Cape, Councilor Anco Barker matriculated from Grens High School in 2005. “The Garden Route has always felt like home to me,” said Barker. “I spent most of my school holidays and special occasions in this area because my grandparents lived here.”
Barker already knew that she wanted to pursue a career in the financial sector while still in high school. She achieved this by studying hard and achieving good marks. She was subsequently rewarded with a full bursary to study BCom Financial Management at the University of Free State. She was also awarded with Golden Key International Honour Society membership.
Her first formal job in 2009 was at the Department of Correctional Services. Two and a half years later she moved to the private sector as an accountant before becoming a financial manager. Barker has also been a part-time lecturer teaching students all about tax, accounting, business administration, office management, income tax and financial statements.
She joined the Democratic Alliance (DA) in 2020 and explained that she had a strong affinity with the values and principles of the party. “I advocate freedom, fairness, diversity and an open opportunity society for all. I hope and dream that all South Africans may accept each other and their differences by standing in unity,” she said. “If we can do that, with a sense of urgency and priority, the country will prosper beyond belief.”
Aside from her career, she is also passionate about her little ones, daughter Addison and son Charles “They mean everything to me, and I am raising them within the framework of my value system.”
Barker currently serves on two councils as a Proportional Councillor in Mossel Bay and Garden Route District Municipality (GRDM). She also formed part of the previous GRDM Council. With her extensive background, experience and knowledge of finances in the public and private sectors, she is the perfect fit for this position. “I have a knack for detail, especially when numbers are involved, and a passion for auditing,” she said. “I am also proud to work at two of the top municipalities in the Western Cape.”
Previous Speaker of GRDM, Barnie Groenewald, describes her as a young, energetic and vibrant person. When asked about her hobbies, she said that people and work keep her going, and she keeps herself occupied with both. “I want to see people around me being empowered, and it takes hard work and persistence to ensure that I find myself in situations conducive to this empowerment. I also stand firmly behind the rights of women and children, as their rights are as important as the rights of men,” she concluded.