As from 1 November 2020, Overstrand Municipality has a new municipal manager: Dean Gabriël Ian O’Neill.
A self-confessed lifelong learner, Mr O’Neill originally set out to pursue a career in civil engineering, but after having served in technical capacities - first at Vredendal and then Matzikama - he changed tack and began pursuing a career in public administration in earnest.
Today, he holds a Master’s degree in Public Administration and is an Accredited Municipal Manager - a distinction very few people in the country can boast with.
O’Neill has been serving as Cape Agulhas’ municipal manager since 2013 and regards the fact that he and his team managed to obtain unqualified audit reports consecutively for the past five years as a major accomplishment.
“Rapid changes in the Western Cape’s political landscape necessitate resilience and the ability to adapt to an ever-changing environment,” O'Neill said. "I regard teamwork as the key and firmly believe that every individual’s input, no matter how insignificant it may sound, is crucial to attaining a common goal."
It was with a heavy heart that the Bredasdorp community bid the O'Neill family farewell since they took such a lively interest in local affairs, served on school governing bodies and played an active part in their local parish.
The Overstrand community welcomes Mr O’Neill and hopes to have a good working relationship with him.