Nelson Mandela Bay residents showed their commitment to their city and its development, braving the cold, rainy weather and packing different halls across the City to attend the Municipality’s IDP/Budget public participation review currently underway (18-24 August 2017).
On Tuesday, the meetings were held at the Nangoza Jebe Hall (New Brighton), the Raymond Mhlaba Hall (Motherwell), the Wells Estate Community Hall and the Seaview Community Hall. Ever since they started on Monday, 21 August, these public participation meetings have been characterised by robust, honest two-way debate and discussions between the residents and the political leadership.
The presence of senior officials, led by the City Manager Johann Mettler, at these meetings has also came in very handy in support of the political leadership, as the officials are required to explain service delivery related and technical and administrative processes and procedures to support the input provided by the political leadership. To date, 11 of the 18 planned meetings have been held – all well attended, and all a huge success.