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Executive Manager: Community Services

Clive Africa
Executive Manager: Community Services

Clive Africa, Executive Manager for the Garden Route District Municipality’s Community Services’ roots stem from De Aar in the Northern Cape to Avontuur/Haarlem, in the Southern Cape. He grew up in Western Cape as the second eldest of 5 children.

After secondary school, Clive furthered his studies at the former Peninsula Technikon, now known as the Cape Peninsula University of Technology, where he completed his Diploma in Public Health (1985).

In 1986 he started his career in the area of Veterinary Public Health at the Department of Agriculture – his passion has always been in the areas of Food Safety and Communicable Diseases. Following his first job, he moved to the private sector in Grabouw, where he worked at the Grabouw Abattoir for seven years. During that time he continued his studies by completing a B-Tech in Environmental Health at the Cape Peninsula University of Technology and completed it in 1998.

While working and residing in Grabouw, Clive and his wife, Celeste, managed a safe house for the Grabouw Children and Family Welfare, sponsored by the Department of Social Services. As a couple, they cared for abused and neglected children. Later, they moved to the Northern Cape where Clive started working for the Department of Agriculture.

During his studies for his Master’s Degree in 2004, Mr Africa was fortunate to be selected to study Food Safety at the North Dakota State University in the USA. He obtained a scholarship from the United States Department of Agriculture, Cockran Fellowship Programme and received an International qualification in Food Safety.

Mr Africa joined the Garden Route District Municipality family in 2008 as the Executive Manager of Community Services. His philosophy in life is that the only thing in life we will leave behind is the service we have given to others. This has become so much evident during this COVID19 pandemic.

His vision for the Department of Community Services is a continuous improvement of the “Quality of Life” of the people of the Garden Route by creating a safe and healthy environment, “nomakanjani”.

During 2011, he completed his Master’s Degree in Environmental Health. The title of his thesis was “Environmental Pollution from Abattoir Wastewater in the Hantam region”. This paper was presented at the 3rd All Africa Congress Environmental Health in Durban in November 2012. Mr Africa has also presented Garden Route District Municipality at the Second All Africa Congress in Malawi, Tromso University in Norway, and The Makerere University of Public Health in Uganda.

Mr Africa has been happily married since and spends most of his time with his family. He enjoys activities such as pottery and snorkeling to relax.