DA claims about State of the Metro 'based on absurdity and deep rooted fallacy'

MARCH 16, 2016

The statement by the Democratic Alliance (DA) that Executive Mayor Danny Jordaan, has cancelled the State of the Metro Address, is "based on absurdity and deep rooted fallacy", the Nelson Mandela Bay Municipality said on Wednesday afternoon.

"It is envisaged that the State of the Metro Address will take place sometime in May, however, an announcement will be made at a Council meeting on 29 March 2016," the municipality said.

"The previous date was postponed in order to allow for the Mayoral Outreach (2 March to 5 April 2016)to take place where the Executive Mayor has been visiting communities with a view to deepen the involvement of communities  in the affairs of the municipality."

It said that the interaction with the communities is designed to consolidate and report back to the citizens the accumulated progress and services delivery under Dr Jordaan’s leadership and some of the highlights include:

  • Nelson Mandela Bay is joint highest with Ekurhuleni and Cape Town as the highest credit-rated municipality in South Africa (Moody’s).
  • Cash holdings have risen from R468 million (June 2011) to R1.69 billion (December 2015).
  • Audit qualifications have dropped to one (leave registers).
  • Cash holdings have risen from R468 million (June 2011) to R1.69 billion (December 2015).
  • Audit qualifications have dropped to one (leave registers).
  • Diversification of the economy and tap into the potential of the ocean economy, township economy and creative economy.
  • A renewed effort to deliver weekly refuse collection and communities have been informed and the final Mayoral Outreach will take place on 5 April.
  • Plans are afoot to launch the Metro Police and the safety and security cluster including the Mayoral Council has been engaging on this matter.
  • There is an ongoing war on water leaks and
  • There is a grant to rectify poorly built RDP homes and
  • Steadfast on the resolve to eradicate the bucket system.

"Citizens of the Metro can look forward to the much-anticipated address as it will outline grandiose plans that will fashion change and bring about economic growth, job opportunities and dent poverty," the municipality further said.

"The DA has to exercise patience and wait for the imminent council meeting for the date of the State of the Metro Address. Meantime, Executive Mayor Jordaan, is upbeat about the prospects of change, community building, business confidence that is proliferating in the metro."