I'm full-time Mayor and only volunteer at SAFA: Danny Jordaan
Nelson Mandela Bay Municipality Executive Mayor, Danny Jordaan, on Wednesday said that he believes that his administration will be able to turn around the socio-economic fortunes of the Nelson Mandela Bay Metro.
Jordaan was speaking at The New Age Business Briefing, which was hosted at the Nelson Mandela Bay Stadium under the theme, 'Back to Basics - serving our communities better'.
The briefing was also attended by Eastern Cape Premier, Phumulo Masualle; MEC for Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs, Fikile Xasa, and Executive Mayor of the Buffalo City Metro, Alfred Mtsi, among other dignitaries.
Jordaan also took the opportunity to clarify his position regarding his Mayorship as well as his role as President of the South African Football Association (SAFA).
“My full time job is Nelson Mandela Bay Executive Mayor, my passion is football to which I contribute voluntarily,” he said.
Jordaan said that he was unemployed before becoming Executive Mayor of Nelson Mandela Bay and never had a credit card from SAFA.
He also said that since his inauguration, he has sought to engage local business.
“There are two things that we are going to do to make sure that the economy grows. The question of strengthening black industrialist is a key focus area. We are committed that the economy must grow,” he added.
He also said that local SMME’s needed support.
“We are creating an advisory group for business, trade and investment,” he told delegates.
“We have to focus on economic growth and job creation.”
The Mayor said that his administration was also not going to tolerate political interference.
“The city manager runs the municipality and accounts to us. If he gets instructions from outside then there will be a problem. We are not going to be undermined by the city manager or anybody for that matter,” he told delegates.
Premier Masualle, speaking at the same event, said that he believes in the coming years, the Eastern Cape Province will become the ultimate food hub of the country.
“Yes we have challenges and we are working on them,” he said.
The Premier said that the skills retention strategy in the Eastern Cape must be strengthened.
“We are lacking focus in developing what we have here in the Eastern Cape. Yes we need young people to bring their sharp ideas to better our province,” he told delegates.
He said the provincial government was collaborating with universities in the province for those skills.
“There are challenges when it comes to business and we have to revisit that,” the Premier added.
“We need to engage with the business community so that we can have more black industrialists.”
He said they have also been engaging with young people in the province.
“There has been an evaluation of the National Youth Policy. It is a policy that is cutting across in government. Young people are anxious - they have expressed as such at the Youth Parliament that we recently hosted.”
MEC Xasa told delegates that water and sanitation delivery was still a challenge in the province.
LISTEN TO AUDIO SNIPPETS FROM THE EVENT
Eastern Cape Premier Phumlo Masualle speaking
Nelson Mandela Bay Mayor Danny Jordaan speaking
Buffalo City Mayor Alfred Mtsi speaking
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