Budget Review and Annual Report Meeting Progressive

MARCH 4, 2015

The month long public participation meetings for the IDP, Budget Review and Annual Report, which kicked off in Joe Slovo Township on Tuesday, March 3, 2015, have generated much enthusiasm and active participation among residents of Nelson Mandela Bay.

The tent organised for the meeting was packed to capacity. The meeting was led by a member of the Mayoral Committee, who was also Acting Mayor on the day, Infrastructure and Engineering Portfolio Chairperson, Andile Mfunda.

Most of the residents who spoke thanked the Municipality for the work that has been done in Joe Slovo over the past three financial years. 

Councillor Andile Mfunda thanked the residents for their attendance and for raising their concerns and issues that needed urgent attention. “We thank you for coming to this meeting and for your positive participation, we’ve heard you and we promised to come back with feedback to each and every issue that was raised here.”

Councillor Mfunda also expressed the Council's commitment in speeding up service delivery. "We are aware that the main worry is the pace of our delivery, we are currently working on systems within the Municipality to deal with this matter. We made a promise to deliver, quality and faster service, that is a promise that we committ to keep," said Councillor Mfunda.

Road tarring and housing construction projects are currently under way in Joe Slovo. In addition, the Municipality is currently engaging with the Departments of Education and Health regarding the construction of a much-needed high school and clinic in the area.

A resident, Zolani Willem, urged the Municipality to prioritise the resolution of SMME grievances and establishment of more cooperatives to assist the Municipality in Waste Management.

Willem said, ”In the Metro there are no job opportunities at all and SMMEs decided to wake up and establish companies that can assist them, their communities and families, but now you find that they’re maltreated, not getting jobs and if they do, they don’t get paid on time. The Municipality needs to do something about this.”

The residents also did not mince their words in expressing their dissatisfaction about the pace of service delivery from municipal officials in implementing resolutions made in Council. Specific issues raised concerned the pace of housing delivery, issues around relocation processes, electricity and water issues, job creation and SMMEs.

The meetings scheduled for the Molly Blackburn cluster (Linton Grange) and Govan Mbeki (Lillian Ngoyi) did not materialize because of poor attendance and have consequently been rescheduled.