FOREWORD BY THE EXECUTIVE MAYOR OF NELSON MANDELA BAY – Cllr Danny Jordaan
We live in times of increasing pressure on municipalities to deliver proactively service and an economic development mandate. Cities are growing, 70 % of the Eastern Cape Province’s people live within its two metropolitan areas, and the demands for development increase every day. It was a great pleasure to take office in March 2013 knowing that a leading development agency was hard at work, not only in the inner city of Nelson Mandela Bay but also across our city in key nodes such as Helenvale, New Brighton and Walmer Township.
In the 2014/15 year I watched with interest as the MBDA gathered momentum, delivering experience and expertise in infrastructure development to areas in the most desperate need. The MBDA team operates in a quiet and modest way and seems always to be able to steer away from the unnecessary trouble that entities these day so often find themselves.
The city’s leadership has a new focus on community needs, concerns and involvement in municipal planning and decision-making processes. A vibrant IDP and budget public participation programme was undertaken during this FY, which saw the city leadership address and interact with local communities, and the Executive Mayoral Committee members visiting and reaching out to communities.
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