Multi-million Rand plan to transform Helenvale announced

JANUARY 20, 2016

"It is all about creating a Helenvale you have not seen yet," Nelson Mandela Bay Municipality Executive Mayor Dr Danny Jordaan said amid rousing applause after presenting resolutions to boost service delivery for the impoverished community.

Flanked by Acting City Manager, Johann Mettler, and community leaders, in a packed Helenvale Resource Centre, Mayor Jordaan fittingly set the agenda to deal with crime, de-densification of overpopulated households, safer schools and opportunities for the youth.

He elicited a commitment from Pierre Voges, Mandela Bay Development Agency Chief Executive, to look at the possibility of bursaries for matriculants in the area with good results and requested the inclusion of candidates who are unable to pay for a driving license course.

Mayor Jordaan further resolved that:

  1. The Mandela Bay Development Agency (MBDA) will continue to work in Helenvale as per its mandate to contribute in the alleviation of the social ills that face the community of Helenvale,

  2. The MBDA staff is employed through a fair and open process and deserve the cooperation of the community to ensure optimal productivity,

  3. That the community should provide a conducive environment without threats or interference with staff of the Safety and Peace Through Urban Upgrading (SPUU),

  4. That a fair process, as outlined by the Master Plan, will be followed to ensure opportunities for training and employment of the broader community, in particular women and youth. Contractual opportunities to the value of 30% be awarded to local emerging macro enterprises, and;

  5. The Helenvale Resource Centre (owned by the Nelson Mandela Bay Municipality) remains a shared space for the community under the control of the MBDA and overseen by an appointed Operator.

The MBDA Safety and Peace Through Urban Upgrading KfW Bank grant funding budget allocation makes provision for R11.3 million for public infrastructure; R8.9 million for pilot housing; R7.3 million for safer schools; R6.7 million for Youth Employment Promotion and R2.9 million for the prevention of domestic violence amongst others.

The agreement with the German government and the bank stipulates that their contribution to development in this suburb must be equally matched by the municipality.