The 2016 SOTCA (State of the City Address) by Nelson Mandela Bay Metro Executive Mayor, Danny Jordaan took place this morning in the Feathermarket Hall, Port Elizabeth.
- Cash holdings of over R2 Billion.
- Improved efficiency in the administration.
- Improved finance.
- Improved credit rating.
- Investment promotion.
- Launched WiFi and Metro Police.
- Good governance – removed 28 (29?) staff for corruption.
- Connecting with citizens and taking council meetings to the people.
- Love where you live campaign to clean the Metro.
- Take back the Metro campaign.
- Delivered 12 game changes in 12 months.
- Collection of Traffic Fines increased.
- Landfill sites improved.
- Stormwater measures introduced.
- 40 Sports facilities upgraded.
- Heritage sites being repaired.
- Old Age homes taken back by Metro.
- Various Public Works programs created 7000 jobs.
- IDP approved unanimously by Council.
- Stability to Human Settlements department – 4175 units rectified. 9 parcels of land made available for social housing. 713 million will be spent on housing. At the end of June every house will have a flushing toilet.
- New procurement policy in place – open to scrutiny by all. 430 contractors on procurement roster.
- Accelerated SMME support.
- Credit rating improved.
- Collection rate has declined to 91% from 94%.
- Employee costs now represent 26% of budget as opposed to target of 34%.
- Spending over R200 Million in Northern Areas.
- 29000 people are still on the bucket system. R25 Million allocated to the eradication thereof.
- IPTS on the road in July.
- 100% of the Metro’s citizens have access to water. 80% of informal settlements have been electrified.
- R346 Million goes to ATTP – Assitance to the Poor. Approximately 59% of all households receive some form of ATTP.
- The Cultural Capital of South Africa – one more claim as a capital. “We want to create 6 cultural hubs in each sector.”
- The Campanile bells will ring. The fountain in front of the City Hall must return.
- This Metro was announced as the Bottle nose dolphin capital of the world.
“We have to develop the Nelson Mandela Bay brand,” concluded Mayor Jordaan.
The Portfolio Committee on Sport and Recreation says it’s troubled by the failure of the Nelson Mandela Bay Municipality to maintain adequate sporting facilities .
The metro police service has finally got off the ground in the Nelson Mandela Bay municipality in Port Elizabeth.
Maria Hermans on Danny Jordaan’s State of the City Address
Issues affecting Nelson Mandela Bay
Gang related killings have surged over the past 12 months in Nelson Mandela Bay’s northern areas. During the past two years, more than 200 people have been killed in gang related incidents. A special police task team has also been brought into the area as part of the effort curb the killings. The northern areas are also a key area political parties are targeting as they campaign for the coming local government elections and the gang issue is high on the agenda.
Kevin Hustler on the year that has been for Mayor Danny Jordaan.
The ENTIRE speech:
STATE OF THE METRO ADDRESS BY COUNCILLOR DR DANNY JORDAAN, EXECUTIVE MAYOR OF NELSON MANDELA BAY METRO,
9th JUNE 2016, – FEATHERMARKET HALL
TOWARDS THE FIVE GOLDEN YEARS TO DELIVER A METRO. NELSON MANDELA CAN BE PROUD OF
Madam Speaker of Council Ms Maria Hermans; Deputy Minister of Treasury, Honourable Mr Mcebisi Jonas; Deputy Minister of Human Settlements, Honourable, Ms Zoe Kota; Chief Whip of Council, Mr Litho Suka; Deputy Mayor, Mr Bicks Ndoni; Municipal Public Accounts Committee Chair, Mr Kwezi Ntshanyana; Acting Municipal Manager, Mr Johaan Mettler; Members of the Mayoral Committee; Leaders of political parties in Council; Leaders of Faith Based Organisations; Leaders of Sports fraternity; Leaders of the creative sector; Fellow Councillors; Leaders of the Business Community and Civil Society; ANC and Alliance partners; Leadership of NAFCOC; Maritime Cluster; Traditional leaders; Muslim Community; Ward Committees; SANGOCO; SMME Development sector; The Youth; Distinguished Leadership of our Academic Centres of Excellence; Executive Directors and Senior Managers; Members of the Media; Comrades and Friends; Fellow Citizens:
Molweni, Goeie môre, Good morning.
Nelson Mandela, upon receiving the Nobel Peace Prize in Oslo, Norway on 10 December 1993, reminded us that” Let it never be said by future generations that indifference, cynicism or selfishness made us fail to live up to the ideals of humanism which the Nobel Peace Prize encapsulates.
Let the strivings of us all prove Martin Luther King Junior to have been correct, when he said that humanity can no longer be tragically bound to the starless midnight of racism and war”.
I stand before you today a proud citizen in the metro of my birth and the final resting place of my parents.
I stand before you ready to account on the irreversible legacy and accumulated service delivery of our city. At the heart of this State of the Metro Address is our desire to create jobs., create hope, and restore the dignity of our people.
This our metro, must strive to emulate the values of Nelson Mandela, especially the humanism that he stood for, lived for and was prepared to die for. In a few days we are going to commemorate the 40th anniversary of the June 16 youth uprising.
We hereby invite all of you to attend the youth day celebrations that will take place at Gelvandale Stadium on 16 June 2016.
As a tribute to our youth, we have made it our priority to ensure that all development planning initiatives take into account youth development. Our initiatives on the ocean economy, creative economy, development of sport facilities, the grant we gace to the Opera House, training initiatives of the various SETAS as well as the Expanded Public Works Programs all have this prerogative in mind.
On 22 June the country will mark the 20th anniversary of the Truth and Reconciliation Hearings, which also took place in our city. The Truth and Reconciliation Commission and the Department of Justice have identified Kwa Nobuhle as one of the most repressed communities in the 1980s. The Department of Justice has set aside an amount of R35 million for a reparations program in Kwa Nobuhle. We will soon be engaging that community to advise us on what symbolic reparation this amount must be used for.
Both the 1976 youth uprisings and the repression of the 1980s left us with deep scars in this Metro.
As we gather here today, at the last august assembly in which we give a frank assessment of the commitments we have made to the people
We must never forget the task that lies ahead REMAIN to transform the lives of our people who suffered social and economic injustices over many years.
Frankly, our task is to deliver jobs and spur economic growth. To create a humane metro, and a metro that has a human face and caring heart.
Leading public management theorist, Prof. Merilee Grindle charges that” good government has much to do with the quality of human resources, organisations, and institutions in the public sector. Getting good government means, among other things, efforts to develop human resources, strengthen organisations, and reform (or create) institutions in this sector.”
For our metro, this means that it is not enough to have sound policies. We also need to develop the effective human and financial resources, organisations and institutions to implement these policies and to deliver jobs.
Compatriots and friends,
During April 2015 the ANC NEC conducted an extensive assessment of the Nelson Mandela Metro and the then Minister for Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs, Mr Pravin Gordhan put together the Section 154 national support package on the advice of ANC Officials. The support package, which was based on the Back to Basics principle was duly adopted by Council.
On 28 May 2015 a new Mayor, Deputy Mayor and Chief Whip were appointed at the historic special council meeting which took place at Nangoza Jebe Hall in New Brighton.
The COGTA Minister convened a Political Steering Committee, consisting of the Minister of Cogta, the Premier, the Troika and the MEC of Cogta, Mr Fikile Xasa.
When we responded to the call to serve the people of the metro we were acutely aware that we were inheriting a municipality that had to shed its deficiencies and the challenges included, amongst others:
- An incapacitated administration, slow and reluctant to respond, causing underperformance in service delivery
- Various forensic audits pointing to a series of inadequacies within the Metro.
- The 2015/16 budget was in an advanced stage, and was revealing a potential deficit of R439 million – over 3 years, the projection was for the Metro’s cash holdings to be entirely used up,
- Various major projects, including particularly the Integrated Public Transport System and the proposed Metro Police, Smart connected metro and the Red Location Museum and many others were stalled after promising beginnings, in many areas, service delivery was underperforming.
- Labour relations was at a low-ebb, with many impromptu strikes prevalent; and
- Tendering procedures were extremely slow, causing various important programmes, like pothole repairs, to grind to a halt.
Ladies and gentlemen,
We faced these challenges head on and now have the responsibility and pleasure to report to you
You cannot argue against success and progress. Accelerated service delivery continues to be our golden thread and this is solely as a result of improved efficiencies in the administration. We are here not to make promises, but to report on milestones achieved during our one year tenure in government.
Our 12 game- changers in 12 months in this metro include:
- Improved finance
- Improved credit rating by Moodys
- Investment promotion
- Diversifying the economy
- Launch of the Metro Police
- Smart City through the provision of free wi-fi
- Good governance dealing with corruption.
- Title deeds hand over
- Connecting with citizens through council meeting in the townships, mayoral imbizos, IDP sessions, sector meetings,
- Clean metro” love where you live” campaign.
- Take back the metro” safer metro campaign
- Accelerated service delivery housing, water, electricity, sanitation, roads
Some of our highlights include:
- 24 km of gravel roads have been black-top surfaced, with storm water channels
- 2 215 homes have received electricity connections
- The waste management plans has been augmented with a number of new vehicles
- A new traffic management system has been implemented, resulting in a great improvement in the collection of fines
- 3 modular libraries have been handed over to Kuiyga, Colchester and Zwide communities
- Landfill sites have been rehabilitated, and the Kragga Kamma Waste Drop-off centre reopened after renovations.
- Over R50 million has been spent on control measures for storm water
- All high-mast lights now have energy efficient (and much brighter) LED fittings
- Universal wi-fi availability is underway.
- The Tramways building has been extensively remodelled by the MBDA, and plan for the redevelopment of the Port Elizabeth Harbour and its neighbouring Kings Beach, the old CBD and the Baakens Valley has been finalised.
- 40 sports facilities are being upgraded, with 2 hard-surfaces and artificial pitches being installed
- Heritage sites are being repaired and enhanced
- The municipal old age homes, primarily run by private sector operators, are being taken back by the Metro to improve living conditions for our honoured elderly citizens
- Various public works programmes have created nearly 7 000 job opportunities
- Much investment has been facilitated, with the expectation that that a fourth motor-assembler is to establish itself in the Metro being the biggest of many existing investments. adds to massive investments in the metro
Compatriots and friends,
Today, we can confirm that the tide is turning, that we are on the way back up. Seeing he upward trend. In confidence expressed in both projects and in reality.
Let us consider the specific achievement
Putting people first, connecting with people
We have reached out to our people through Mayoral Izimbizo, IDP and People’s Council to ensure service delivery is on track and bring about immediate and visible improvements. We have renewed relationships with major economic actors and improved citizen engagement.
In terms of compliance with planning and budgeting processes, the Metro has performed well.
- The 2015/16 Service Delivery and Budget Implementation Plan (SDBIP) was tabled in Council on 26 August 2015 (rescheduled from 6 to 20 to 26 August)
- BEPP has been submitted to national treasury on 3 November 2015 in line with requirements.
- The 2016/17 budget tabled at a Special Council meeting on 7 May 2016.
- The 2016/17 IDP and Budget was approved by Council on the 7 June 2016
Our first order of business was to set the stage to ensure sound political governance, investigate and prosecute disciplinary cases as a result 29 people are out of the system and more investigations are underway. We established a corruption hotline, developed and implemented and integrity strategy. Today, we can all say without fear of contradiction that we have a municipality that is:
- More Transparent
- More Accountable and
- More Efficient
Essentially, this means that we have a municipality that is anti-corrupt activities in any shape or form.
INFRASTRUCTURE & SERVICES
Following years of instability, mismanagement and corruption at the human settlements department, I am happy to report that we have now turned the corner in bringing stability and governance back in this crucial area of our operations ably assisted by the National Department of Human Settlements, its provincial counterpart and the Housing Development Agency (HDA).
- Regretfully many units were not well-built in the past and have required rectification. Thus far 4 175 units have been rectified, with many more to come.
- 9 parcels of land have been made available for social housing – Walmer Links and Fairview have been built, and are successful projects, Walmer Links has won an Institute of Architects award.
As a metro we set ourselves a target of delivering over 7 000 housing opportunities in this current financial year. This number consists of over 4 000 low cost houses with the balance going towards informal settlements upgrading through serviced sites. We have always said that” There Shall be Houses and this provision will ensure Security and Comfort”
As a result a total of R713 million will be spent in this regard. This also includes paying attention to the so-called” Toilet City” in Khayamnandi where 823 units will be built. We want to a metro that Mandela can be proud of. An additional 714 houses will be built through the social housing program, with a third program of 400 social housing projects to be launched in 2017.
Through the national support intervention, since September 2015, the following are some of the key achievements we can pride ourselves in:
- A new reformed transparent procurement policy framework is in place.
- Eliminating the old which was characterised by corruption, unfair selection of contractors for housing construction work.
- To date over 430 contractors have been selected to the new transparent rooster of SMME contractors.
- There is a comprehensive capacity building programme focusing on the SMME development in the metro
- To date a total of 100 SMMEs have already been on training and another 150 is going into an incubation programme by National Home Builders Registration Council (NHBRC) and Small Enterprise Development Agency (SEDA) construction incubator.
- The beneficiary management system for low cost housing is undergoing serious reforms that will guarantee us a very fair, transparent and equitable access to housing opportunities for those citizens in the metro that qualify. These reforms include the establishment of the National Housing Needs Register for the city as a planning and budgeting tool for housing development in the metro.
- In May Telkom-NMMU launched the SMME incubator project which will support SMMEs
- Also in May, in partnership with ABSA, we launched the SMME one stop support centre at Kwantu Towers. These critical initiatives give credence to our commitment to create opportunities for the youth to get a headstart in business
- The administrative stability in the Human Settlements department especially the Housing Delivery Unit has been restored. We are in full control of the entire housing delivery value chain and are also rooting out fraud and corruption.
- There is a very clear pipeline of housing projects for the coming years focusing on various housing programmes and a pipeline of land acquisition for suitable and well located pieces of land for housing development.
- There is also a dedicated focus to reform the entire planning regime of the metro in order to ensure that we define a clear and focussed development trajectory guided by the spatial vision as set out in our Spatial Development Framework (SDF).
We have also made great strides in the area of title deeds. Yesterday we were in Walmer handing these title deeds to their rightful owners. More of these will be issued in the coming weeks.
We are in the process of verifying 7 765 of these to add to the more than 2 000 that have already been certified and beneficiaries confirmed. A programme is already in full swing to handover these title deeds to the rightful beneficiaries. We have seen the glowing similar faces of recipients who finally own land and a house in the country of their birth.
Nelson Mandela Bay is going to be a construction site from now onwards.
Speaker, I want to take this opportunity to announce today that as part of a dedicated programme focusing on the elderly communities of the metro, as from the 1st July 2016, the we will take over the running and management of old age homes consistent with the Council resolution in order to manage them in the most effective and acceptable way.
This is how you restore the dignity of our people.
- Our city has R2bn in cash reserves.
- Our credit rating has jumped three notches up AA1ZA
- There are financial controls and have delivered a transparent tender system.
- Create a sound base for economic growth and job creation –
- Entrench good governance and accountability for performance within the city – both at political and administrative levels
- Root out corruption and mismanagement, and streamline political interests in the running of the city
- Engage metro stakeholders and enlist their continued support as we build the metros economy
- Stabilise the metro s finances and build up reserves in order to sustain a capital investment programme
The cost coverage ratio has continued to improve with the metro having increased reserves which will be used to finance future infrastructure projects, when they require refurbishment or replacement. The collection rate has however declined to 91% from the target of 94% due to the declining economy. Budget and Treasury is confident of increasing the collection rate back to target by year end. The 2015/2016 Adjustment Budget was passed unanimously with the support of all political parties. The overall financial outlook of the municipality is stable and that of a going concern.
In 2016 we will:
- Our ATTP coverage will rise by 14000 families
- Our Humanitarian Fund will still be in place will R12m allocated
- We will develop a network of Old-age Homes at a cost of R8 million
- We will Go for Growth and Job creation as never before in a determined attempt to create decent employment and get our people gainfully employed.
Furthermore, employee related costs have been further addressed:
- The harmonisation of long-service bonuses for all NMBM employees has been addressed – this will cost R46 million in 2016/17, and
- Critical vacancies worth R51.7 million will be filled.
- Employee costs now stand at 26% of operating expenditure – below our goal of 30%.
- Contributions to Metro sporting bodies of R6 million each will go to E.P Football, E P Cricket and E P rugby,
- MSCOA is to be launched by 1 July 2016.
- We have set a 3-year target for maintenance spending, to bring it up to equality with asset depreciation.
Ladies and gentlemen,
This is a caring metro. This is a metro that works for you. This is a metro that puts people first, as reflected in the figures below.
- R20 million Allocated for the Metro Police
- Helenvale Crime Prevention R15.0m allocated
- R25 million allocated each year to deal with the bucket system and
- For Electricity Supply Extension R20.0m allocated
- The Integrated Public Transport System will be back on our roads in July 2016
We have put in place a Water Master Plan that deals with long term water demand, adequate sustainable water supply and provide for immediate needs. We can proudly report that 100% of households in the city have access to water.
The Water Master Plan has four interventions
- Elimination of water leaks and installation of smart water meters
- Nooitgedacht – R 128 million phase 3 (Amatola Water)
- Fishwater Flats Effluent
- Seawater Desalination which will deliver sustainable water supply.
By bringing water facilities closer to the communities, we have in deed improved the quality of people’s lives. Our people, have access to clean and water. As a result, we have effectively reduced chances of exposure to diseases such as diarrhea and the related illnesses
We are also focussing on:
- Rainwater Harvesting
- Removal of Alien Plants
- Reduction of Water Leaks to less than 20% of Nelson Mandela Bay Water
- Bulk Meters and District Meters Installed
- Leak areas thereby detected
- Smart Meters
- Water Source Augmentation
Already 85% of informal and formal settlements have been electrified and the electrification of Missionvale is ongoing until the area is complete. In terms of public lighting we will install high mast lighting installations for new LED fittings and streetlights and general public lighting upgrades.
Information at our disposal since 2015 suggests that 59% of Nelson Mandela Bay households earn less than R3000-00 per month – this could be 140.000 households. There are about 80 000 ATTP recipients now, with a waiting list of possibly 8000, and an unknown number eligible in terms of the metro criterion.
At present the Nelson Mandela Bay Municipality has expenditure related to Assistance To The Poor of +- R346 million per annum.
ATTP households are audited and verified every 12 months. The Nelson Mandela Bay Municipality has 36 staff involved in this process
This system is costly and time consuming, frustrating the citizens with delays and bureaucratic processes and difficult to verify and manage.We thus propose to implement significant changes to this programme
The new system proposed is as follows:
- All households valued at R200.000 and less are automatically eligible to ATTP subsidies which will be reviewed annually
- All existing households receiving ATTP subsidies, and valued at R200.000 or more, can apply for ATTP on the grounds of hardship or poverty, otherwise, after 4 years, their benefit will be cancelled
Uitenhage and Despatch
Three weeks ago, we convened the People’s Council in Uitenhage – a quarterly stakeholder engagement to have meaningful conversation with our people. The metro has to continue to reverse any uneven allocation of resources between Uitenhage and the broader Port Elizabeth area. The programmes of the Metro, therefore, have to reflect the challenge of reversing this form of uneven development through specially designed programmes. It is therefore envisage that throughout the life cycle of the People’s Council, special focus will be given to the extent to which uneven development is reverse. This focus will be done in the context of dealing with other broader challenges that have been identified and these are:
- Mabandla street will be used as a catalyst for economic transformation.
- Focus on the back to basic programme
- Dealing with the challenge of job creations and unemployment
- Tackling that structural challenges in the economy that result in income inequality and poverty
- Continuous and single minded focus on attracting and sustaining foreign and domestic investment
- A people centred approach to planning, execution and delivery
- The upgrade of Mqolomba Sports Park and phase 1 of the Building of Arts Centre.
- Upgrading and rebuilding of the Langa Massacre memorial park and gravesite.
- The gravesite to be unveiled next year on March 21
- The roads directorate to plan for the 2 carrier road construction as an entry to Kwanobuhle from the VW entrance side.
- The development of the Uitenhage Aerodrome
- To mount an annual Enoch Sontonga Heritage festival.
- The planning and development of Despatch Taxi and bus ranks.
- Completion of the planning of the Transport Nodal Interchange as a nerve centre of commercial and cultural activity. Development must include repositioning of the Science Centre area into a modern centre.
A final point to be made is that the People’s Council is one of the mechanism of giving practical meaning to the struggle for peoples power that communities in areas such as Uitenhage led in the 1980’s against segregated forms of municipal governance. When the Council and Mayoral Committee convene the issues raised will be attended to with a burning sense of urgency.
Economics Nobel Prize winner, AmartyaSen, gives a telling description of what poverty is, beyond simple low-income levels:” Indeed we cannot even identify what level of income would count as low – below the poverty threshold depends not only on prices, but also many other features of the persons involved. Whether they are prone to particular illnesses, whether they live in a region with many epidemics, whether there is much crime and social chaos around, whether there are no schools or hospitals and so on, poverty can be seen basically as deprivation of a person’s effective freedom to live the way he or she has reason to want to live.”
It gives us a great deal of pleasure to proclaim that in the past year the tide has significantly turned and our long walk to transforming the economy of the Metro has become irreversible. The new leadership has made a start in just less than one year in office have amassed about R20bn in investment. Since taking office there has been a number of investment programmes and these include:
- Beijing Automobile International Corporation, which is to build an R11-billion vehicle manufacturing plant and is set to create 2 500 direct jobs and thousands of indirect ones.
- Logistics Park (Current Investment: R327m with 751 jobs created, currently considering expansion to Phase 2).
- Lighting Innovation R60m: 120 jobs
- Clover R100m: 100 jobs,
- Discovery R20m: 500 jobs
- Mutual Financial Analysts R11m: 300 jobs
- Aspen Expansion R1.8bn: 497 jobs
- PRASA R1.4bn,
- VW R4.5bn investment and over R1bn pain in salaries
- Transnet: R8.568 bn and an additional R700m
- We will continue to engage foreign investors as we did over the last year. We met delegations from France, the UK, Norway, Sweden, Germany. World Bank, China Korea, Indonesia, USA, Italy, and many others.
- METRO. POLICE
Council approved the establishment of Metro Police in Nelson Mandela Bay in November 2009. It was officially approved by the MEC for Safety and Security and Liaison on 11 February 2011. The Metro Police launch marked a new phase in our journey to build safer communities as we had set aside almost R4 million for the immediate implementation and an additional R24 million has been budgeted for the 2016/17 financial year.
The Municipality works hand in hand with the SAPS in order to deal with the war against crime and drugs and are involved in regular meetings to address areas of mutual concern. The Municipality is also in the process of supporting the SAPS through the sharing of resources and ensuring an integrated approach to deal with existing problems in the Metro. The Safety and Security Directorate is actively involved in support of the Take back the city campaign working closely with the Community Policing Forums.
Our desire to be the Cultural Capital of South Africa. We have the flagship Red Location Cultural Precinct, including the soon-to-be completed Mendi Performing Arts Centre. The Red Location Precinct features include:
- The Red Location Museum (complete)
- The Red Location Library and Library Archive (complete)
- The Red Location Art Gallery (complete)
- The Red Location Performing Arts Complex (in planning)
- The Red Location School of the Performing Arts (in planning)
- The Mendi Arts Centre (nearly complete)
- A music hub (in planning)
To lend credence to the new status the Metro is vying for there are other cultural hubs planned for the townships such:
- Nelson Mandela Peace Park in Motherwell,
- Zwide and the Northern Areas
- Investment of R200m in the Northern Areas
There is an existing cultural hub in the city centre, the Feather Market Centre (South Africa’s finest concert hall with an organ); the refurbished Opera House, the Athenaeum; the NMMU Arts Facility and the Nelson Mandela Bay Metro Art Museum which turns 60, We are restoring the Campanile, Developing the City hall s Vuyisile. Mini square.
The Mandela Bay Cultural festival will take place in July and is will add to our signature events such as Splash and Iron man. This new property will ensure that local youth and artists have a chance to respond to the 90% local content strategy by the SABC and showcase their talents with the view to earn a decent wage in the sector. The process to produce a policy instrument on Arts, Culture, Heritage and the Creative Economy that will help guide the work of this directorate in the next five years is underway. The Nelson Mandela Bay Arts Council has responded positively to the creative economy model by producing the Creative Economy Programme Investment Strategy (CEPIS) which will inform the enabling policy.
The success of the Five Golden Years; economic development relies on succinct and clear communication and participation of society, Mandela Bay Development Agency, Uitenhage Despatch Development Initiative, Coega Development Agency, Nelson Mandela Bay Business Chamber, Nelson Mandela Bay Arts Council, NAFCOC the Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University and government need to be recognized as key stakeholders in a common and shared vision for economic growth. This will bring total transformation of our economy and much neede relief for the poor and downtrodden.
The task of transforming our metro we cannot be done by us alone. As indicated earlier, there is accumulated legacy of service delivery and irreversible progress that have swept throughout our metro. We have To develop the Nelson Mandela Bay brand with consistent brand values to provide services and information that is integrated and that communicates in a manner which:
- Deepen democracy and community participation
- Stakeholder and Partnership Engagement
- plans shared by t people with a common vision and goals
- our programmes must be visible and accessible to the people and
- Includes internal communication with metro employees.
The Five Golden Years requires that communities become active participants and beneficiaries in the programmes of our beloved metro. This means that we need to do a great deal more than simply impart information. Rather, we need to help people find their own voices: to help them engage in interactive communications with government, and to provide information that leads to empowerment and participation. As a responsive metro, we must, therefore, communicate our targets and objectives so that people can hold us accountable
We need to be honest about our weaknesses so that people know that we acknowledge and respond to their frustrations and suggestions.
A year ago, we mapped out a conceptual framework for the transformation of the city in the Nelson Mandela Bay Metro, under the rubric of” Five Golden Years”. The task to transform. and diversify our economy has been approached with so much vim and vigour. This framework posited six ideas that underpin a developmental city: There is work already underway:
Oceans economy -Fish Farm- CDC, Identification of New Sites; National Dept of Agriculture; marine tourism, slipway development, two news tugs in port, Small boat building, Luxury liner visits,
Norway funding the training of a fish force Fish inspectors working with NMMU.
The metro hosted the most recent Operations. Phakisa. – the Oceans Economy. On the 6/7 June 2016. This conference was attended by May leading international scientist,and business leaders
Township economy (High Mast Broadband Project).,
Creative economy – The development of an enabling policy instrument, the Arts, Culture and Heritage Policy is underway while the imminent annual Mandela Bay Festival with a total investment of R7m is poised to set arts, culture and heritage ablaze and see participation of our youth from our clusters.)
Tourism -The metro has earned a new cherubic as the Bottlenose Dolphin Capital of the World. The estimated population of the bay is close to 30 000 dolphins. This number surpasses other areas around the world. Tourism (Waterfront Dev, Freedom Statue, ICC, Happy Valley Precinct, North End Stadium Precinct, Bayworld Revival).
Nelson Mandela Bay was able to derive and contribute to the R18-billion to the GDP during 2014 from the tourism sector through direct and indirect spend, sustaining 44 254 jobs. This was an increase on 2013’s local contributions of R15-billion through direct and indirect spend that sustained 38 424 jobs in the tourism sector. This has showcased positive growth year on year due to the efforts a small dynamic team puts into marketing the destination each year.
We are in the process of developing a blueprint for the development of townships. It cannot be that townships are only meant for people to live in and not do business. Deputy Minister Mcebisi Jonas is assisting us to engage with various Ministers to get assistance with the development of al the relevant aspects of the Township Economy. As you may recall, in April together with NAFCOC we hosted a successful SMME seminar which was address by the Minister of Small Business Development, Honourable Lundiwe Zulu.
Together we need to re-imagine our townships and ensure that they are a hive of industrial, commercial and business activity. We have the will and ability to make this happen.
I want to take this opportunity to thank Prof Derrick Swarts, the Vice Chancellor of NMMU and his team for their support n the development of the township economy master plan.
We want the development of Njoli Square, Mabandla Precinct in Kwa Nobuhle, Singaphi Street in New Brighton and the Motherwell Urban Renewal Program to be among the centrepieces of this development.
Agriculture (chicken farming, wool, Community Food Gardens and mohair and citrus at Addo) respectively.
The Five Golden Years economic blueprint is designed to promote a metro that is interventionist
- A metro that creates jobs.
- A metro. that responds with empathy to the need of the aged, poor, youth, unemployed, disabled and women.
- A metro that is ethically founded on the values of Madiba.
- A metro. devoid of corruption, maladministration and lethargic public servants.
- A metro. always trying to achieve public value.
- A metro that Nelson Madela can be proud of
Again, Nelson Mandela’s erudite words of wisdom on humanity should always remain with us in our hearts” overcoming poverty is not a gesture of charity. It is an act of justice. It is the protection of of a fundamental human right – the right to dignity and and a decent life. Because whilst poverty persists there is no true freedom
Martin Luther King sais no nation can live half slave and half free. This Metro cannot thrive with 54% getting livelihood from salaries, 25% live on a dignified level of income.
We obviously have to address the poverty gap, We have to address poverty and unemployment. We will do everything possible to ensure that we do not live with a rich minority and a poor majority.
Nelson Mandela wants us to be a caring government. Those of us who walked and worked with him has a special responsibility to do so.
If we can achieve all of this in twelve months, imagine what we can do in five years.
We are moving forward to build a prosperous and inclusive home for all in Nelson Mandela’s metro.
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