Officials from the Nelson Mandela Bay Municipality and the City of Gothenburg will be locked in bilateral discussions in the next few days.
Nelson Mandela Bay Municipality received the thumbs up from the Mayor of its city sister Gothenburg, Ms Anneli Hùlthen, during visits to several Bay suburbs ahead of extensive bilateral engagements over the next couple of days.
“We are encouraged by what we have seen in Nelson Mandela Bay and Helenvale in particular. The work that we see here is a clear indication of the results and benefits of our sixteen year old partnership.
“This is a special partnership in the sense that it is not based on money, it is based on expertise and skills exchange between the two cities. A number of officials from the Nelson Mandela Bay Municipality visited our City to learn about a number of areas like inner city regeneration and sustainable development.
“We are looking forward to strengthen this partnership over the next few days of our visit to benefit more people in Nelson Mandela Bay and especially the poor,” Hùlthen said.
Executive Mayor Danny Jordaan is hosting a level delegation from Gothenburg led by Hùlthen until the end of the week.
“The name of our city itself (Nelson Mandela) demands of us to form partnerships with cities across the world. We came a long way with this sister city partnership and gained a lot as a result.
“Over the next couple of days we will be working closely with the Mayor of Gothenburg and her delegation to further strengthen the partnership and will be focusing on developments like our ports, inner city development, convention centre and the development of the waterfront amongst others,” Dr Jordaan said.
The sister city partnership is recognized as a “best practice partnership” in both South Africa and Sweden by organizations such as the Swedish Development Corporation (Sida), the International Centre for Local Democracy in Sweden and the South African Local Government Association.
Helenvale, Uitenhage and New Brighton were focused on during the site visits.