How will Mayor Jordaan respond

JUNE 17, 2015

Understandably, all eyes are on new Nelson Mandela Bay Municipality Executive Mayor, Danny Jordaan, to see how he will respond after residents and municipal workers braved the cold and wet weather to protest against the municipality on Wednesday.

The protesting municipal workers blocked off a section of Govan Mbeki Avenue - between Russel Road and Evert Street, with several municipal waste removal trucks.

However, Nelson Mandela Bay Municipality Director of Communications, Roland Williams, said the municipality was still trying to ascertain why the workers had downed tools. He also appealed to them to use proper channels.

Mayor Jordaan, who was due to open an investment seminar at the Nelson Mandela Bay Stadium, cancelled it, reportedly to address the workers' issue.

Meanwhile, a group of disgruntled Wells Estate residents held a toyi-toyi outside the City Hall, which was locked. The residents were hoping to give the Mayor a long list of grievances - including around housing, employment and youth skills developmet, education and health, which they claimed were still unfulfilled from the time they raised them with former Executive Mayor, Ben Fihla.

In a statemen treleased on Wednesday, the Mayor also wished all Muslim residents of the Nelson Mandela Bay a blessed Ramadaan Mubarak.

"May the spirit of Ramadaan illuminate Nelson Mandela Bay and show us the way to peace and harmony.

"Through your prayers, fasting and abstinence over this month, may we find prosperity and unity, and may Allah accept all
your duas," he said.