Jordaan announces NMB mayoral committee, remains tight-lipped on budget

BY CHARL BOSCH - JUNE 11, 2015

Nelson Mandela Bay Executive Mayor, Danny Jordaan, has officially revealed the names of the municipality’s mayoral committee during a council meeting at city hall in Port Elizabeth on Thursday morning.

His announcement comes after last week postponing the releases at a council meeting in Uitenhage, saying that he first wanted to establish the varies problem facing the municipality, and who would be best suited to deal with them.

“Our situation in this metro demands that we unequivocally raise our political, social, economic and moral consciousness on a path of unceasing activism,” Jordaan said.

“If we look into the deep cracks that have ravaged this municipality, we see immediately that they run along the lines of our doubts and inefficiencies, which are both internal and external”.

He however remained mum on tabling the municipality’s budget or go into extensive details about its Integrated Development Programme (IDP), but maintained that progress shown had been “extremely satisfying”.

“A crucial component to devising the Budget / IDP is public participation. The public participation and engagements over the last two weeks, are the building blocks on which this Budget / IDP is based and is the outcome of a series of public Budget / IDP meetings and outreach programmes of the political leadership to the communities of the Nelson Mandela Bay,” he said.

“We need to keep to our pledge of not ever tabling a deficit budget in this council. In keeping with this we will ensure strong disciplines on treasury that would enable us to track and facilitate the financial management and process of the proposed budget. Needless to say, it requires concerted and diligent cooperation by all directorates and employees of this municipality to ensure that these measures are implemented and strictly adhered to”.

Jordaan stated that the municipality was however under no illusions of the problems faced by communities, and that a strong emphasis had been placed on not only correcting service delivery, but the escalating rates of unemployment, violence, poverty and inequality.

“The slow pace of service delivery in the metro is being further crippled by an alarmingly high rate of vandalism. Most if not all the schools, from pre-primary to high schools have been vandalised. Housing projects are being vandalised.

“Hospitals, clinics and places of safety have also fallen prey to acts of vandalism. The wave of vandalism in our Metro infringes on access to health, education, housing and other socio-economic rights,” he said, adding that the municipality’s youth had felt the brunt of the problems faced.

“There is a feeling that their personal suffering [has been] ignored on a practical level. The youth have historically been marginalised and excluded from key resources of power and authority in society. This leaves them frustrated and disempowered”.

Reaffirming council’s commitment to residents, Jordaan said that their primary purpose was to “chart the way forward for constructive and practical engagement by the Nelson Mandela Bay Municipality (NMBM)” and that this approach would “serve as a catalyst to reinvigorate and inspire deep consciousness within our diverse communities”.

 

The names of the municipality’s mayoral committee are:

Position

Member

MMC Safety & Security

Mr. Fikile Desi 

MMC Youth, Sport & Culture

Ms. Andiswa Mama

MMC Roads & Transport

Ms. Babalwa  Lobishe

MMC Corporate Services

Ms. Feziwe Sibeko

MMC Public Health

Ms. Joy Seale

MMC Infrastructure And Engineering

Mr. Andile Mfunda  

MMC Human Settlements

Ms. Nomvuselelo Tontsi

MMC Economic Development, Tourism And Agriculture

Mr. Zukile Jodwana

MMC Budget And Treasury

Mr. Rory Riordan

 

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