R6 million to be given to Nelson Mandela Bay's charities before year-end: Trollip

NOVEMBER 23, 2016

The Nelson Mandela Bay Municipality has given the go-ahead for the implementation of a number of resolutions taken during a Mayoral Committee meeting on Wednesday and these are set to benefit the Metro and its communities, says Executive Mayor, Athol Trollip.

"Among many, it has approved a budget of R6 million to be donated to various external charitable organisations in the Metro before the end of the calendar year. The money will go towards supporting these organisations in their operations to enhance service provision to communities," the Executive Mayor said.

"These organisations focus mainly on skills development, drug rehabilitation, early childhood development, basic education, social-ills awareness and sports.

"I have emphasised the importance of accountability, all of these beneficiaries would need to explain how their services were benefiting the metro communities, through the preparation of consolidated financial statements."

He added that the Mayoral Committee has also agreed on expediting the amendment of operating hours at all public libraries as they are currently inaccessible to those, who are committed to work or school during business hours.

"School children and students, who have important work to complete need to be able to access these facilities," described Trollip.

He further said that the Metro is deliberating all options and will reach a decision in due course.

"Effectively, this will assist residents to have full access to all libraries and take advantage of the varied services they provide.

"As a well-known sporting mecca, the city has also thrown its weight behind the 50150 Triathlon Series, a mini Ironman version which was successfully hosted last week," the Mayor said.

"Metro communities have much to be proud of as the municipality's support of the sporting initiative is to ensure the culture of sport in the metro is strengthened, as the city has continuously proven itself to be a major sporting location.

"The municipality is also working with the Department of Justice to roll out the recommendations of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission to an identified community in KwaNobuhle. The Department of Justice has allocated R35 million to this community, which will become available in due course, after meetings planned for the coming months."

Trollip said the money will be channeled through the Metro and will go towards education, health and housing development.

"This government is hard at work, empowering needy communities, improving social development and growing the economy through tourism and skills growth."