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The Nelson Mandela Bay Metropolitan Municipality encompasses Port Elizabeth, Uitenhage, Despatch and Colchester and the surrounding rural area.
The Nelson Mandela Bay Municipality (Afrikaans: Nelson Mandelabaai Metropolitaanse Munisipaliteit) is one of eight metropolitan municipalities (also called Category A municipalities) in South Africa. It is located on the shores of Algoa Bay in the Eastern Cape Province.
The name “Nelson Mandela Bay Municipality” was chosen to honour former President Nelson Mandela.
In 2001, the Nelson Mandela Bay Metropolitan Municipality was formed as an administrative area covering Port Elizabeth, the neighbouring towns of Uitenhage and Despatch and the surrounding agricultural areas.
The municipal council consists of one hundred and twenty members elected by mixed-member proportional representation. Sixty councillors are elected by first-past-the-post voting in sixty wards, while the remaining sixty are chosen from party lists so that the total number of party representatives is proportional to the number of votes received.
The First languages spoken by the residents (in order from most to least) are: Xhosa, Afrikaans, English, Other.
The Racial makeup (from most to least): Black African, Coloured, White, Indian/Asian.
The Total Land Area is: 1,959 km2
Nelson Mandela Bay was the first city in South Africa to establish a fully integrated democratic local authority and the only city in the world named after Nelson Mandela, who was born and spent his formative years in the Eastern Cape.
Nelson Mandela Bay is a major seaport and automotive manufacturing centre located on the south-eastern coast of Africa. It is the economic powerhouse of the Eastern Cape Province and one of eight metropolitan areas in South Africa. Its boundaries are formed by Cassie Mountain View in the north, Cape Recife in the south, Sundays River Mouth in the east, and Van Stadens River Mouth in the west.
The city is a holiday hot spot for both national and international tourists.
Main Economic Sectors: Manufacturing, Community Services, Finance, Trade, Transport.
The Metro has a vibrant industrial sector, with two ports, namely the Port of Port Elizabeth and the Port of Ngqura, making it essentially a transport nucleus. Nelson Mandela Bay a city where all types of businesses, whether small or large, can prosper and grow. The city is the economic power-house of the Eastern Cape Province, being the automotive manufacturing hub of Africa, and home to Volkswagen, General Motors and Ford.
Our beautiful historic city is also a major tourist destination, boasting 40 km of magnificent golden beaches, warm water, a spectacular coastline and near-perfect weather. It is surrounded by internationally acclaimed game reserves, where large African game roam the magnificent landscape of the malaria-free Eastern Cape.
Nelson Mandela Bay combines the best of all worlds – the economic opportunities and benefits of a large city, combined with the easy access, un-congested traffic and genuine, warm hospitality that are associated with a medium-sized town.
Nelson Mandela Bay Municipality is living up to its vision: A globally competitive city that works together with the people!
The Executive Mayor governs together with the Speaker, who is the Chairperson of the Metropolitan Council, the Deputy Executive Mayor and a team of Chairpersons of Portfolio Committees within an Executive Mayoral Committee system.
The Executive Mayoral system is combined with a vibrant Ward Participatory System to ensure community participation at grassroots level.