The entire City of Cape Town is in mourning following the tragic passing of Helen Carstens, the former Ward Councillor of Ward 5, who left an indelible mark on the community. Helen, who served as a Newspaper Editor and Motoring Journalist before dedicating herself to public service, passed away last week Wednesday after a sudden medical emergency on December 12, 2023.
Helen Carstens played a vital role in the community, and her contributions extended beyond the political arena. Her previous role as a Newspaper Editor and Motoring Journalist showcased her commitment to communication and information. As the Ward Councillor of the City of Cape Town, Helen’s dedication and passion were instrumental in realizing essential community projects, including the much-needed extension to the Edgemead Library.
The Western Cape Edgemead Library expressed their condolences, stating, “Edgemead Library would like to offer our deepest and heartfelt condolences to the family and friends of our previous Ward Councillor, Helen Carstens, who passed away on 16.12.2023. May she rest in peace. Helen touched the hearts and lives of so many of the patrons of the Library and residents of Ward 5. Her passion made the much-needed extension to the Library a reality.”
Helen Carstens’ impact reached beyond the library, touching the lives of residents and community organizations. Bothasig Neighbourhood Watch, in a statement, extended their deepest condolences, acknowledging Helen’s dedication to the community of Ward 5. They expressed gratitude for her assistance in facilitating donations from the city to empower neighbourhood watches across Ward 5 during her tenure as Councillor.
As Cape Town reflects on the loss of a dedicated community leader, the legacy of Helen Carstens will be remembered through the positive changes she brought to Ward 5. The community joins together to honor her memory, expressing gratitude for her service, passion, and commitment to the well-being of others. May she rest in peace.