Young leader seeks a greener community

Chloé Temlett, 16, from Melkbosstrand, Junior City Council representative for her community, encourages residents to think green.

Ward 5 councillor Miquette Temlett’s daughter, Chloé Temlett, 16, from Melkbosstrand has decided to follow in her mother’s footsteps, and has become a Junior City Council representative for her community.

The programme is an apolitical initiative that aims to introduce youth to the functions of local government, according to a City statement.

The eight-month programme includes debate sessions and workshops, and junior councillors will be able to submit formal submissions to council during these meetings regarding youth-related issues.

Chloé has recently become the founder of Adopt-a-Tree project, with the aim of increasing the amount of trees in her community, and reduce the effects of climate change.

She said she was able to plant at least 33 trees along pavements and greenbelts in Melkbosstrand, and decided to use the Ekebergia capensis, commonly known as the Cape ash, as these trees are endemic and able to withstand Cape Town weather conditions.

She has also chosen to use her pocket money to buy a few more trees and donate them to various organisations, including the Bothasig Community Garden Project.

“Climate change is affecting our world faster than we think and we must take action. Just one small contribution can make a huge difference. Unless someone like you cares a whole awful lot, nothing is going to get better. It’s not. So do your part, and adopt a tree,” said Chloé.

If you would like to get in touch with Chloé about the project or adopt a tree, contact her on 068 182 7002 or