Executive Mayor of Ehlanzeni District Municipality Cllr. J Sidell was born in Mbombela at Kabokweni. She did her primary education at Victory Park Primary School. She then proceeded to Middleburg Combined School where she completed her secondary education. Her tertiary qualifications include among others a diploma in Advanced Municipal Governance from University of Johannesburg, a Project Management course from Wits University as well as an Executive Leadership programme from the University of Pretoria She has extensive experience as an Administrator and Technocrat. She worked for the Department of Health and Social Development as well as the Department of Human Settlement as an Assistant Director and eventually Acting Director responsible for the Human Settlement Ms Sidell is a seasoned politician with vast experience in serving the people. She served in a number of ANC structures as well as Union structures. She is currently the Regional Secretary of Ehlanzeni ANC Women’s League. Her role in second term Local Government started in 2000 where she was elected as a PR Councillor both in Mbombela Local Municipality and Ehlanzeni District Municipality. Eventually she was elected as a speaker of Mbombela Local Municipality from 2011 -
The Executive Mayor of Ehlanzeni District Municipality Cllr Jester Sidell held an official closing gathering for the 16 Days of Activism for no violence against women and children on Saterday 10 December 2016 at Barberton Community Hall.
The 10 December is the official last day for the 16 days which normally start on the 25 November yearly. The message for this year was clearly inviting the citizen of this district not to stop caring for each other.
The Executive Mayor invited all people of the district to say no to any form of abuse against any individual be it male or female.
She was accompanied by her predecessor Cllr Letta Shongwe from the City of Mbombela Local Muncipality. The Executive Mayor Sidell stated that the activism against woman and children abuse should not only occur for 16 days which starts from 25 November to 10 December annually but should rather be an initiative that occurs throughout the year.
Among the people who attended were woman, children, disabled and elderly persons who received christmas gifts from both the Executive Mayor and Cllr Shongwe. Mr Nwenya from the South African National association of elderly persons also distributed chocolates to the elderly.