Youth take center stage in Chief Whip's address

JUNE 11, 2015

Speaking during Thursday’s council meeting, new Nelson Mandela Bay Municipality Chief Whip, Litho Suka, on Thursday said the Metro should focus on creating opportunities for employment, growth and prosperity for young people.

He said that the plans of the Metro to accelerate the development of the youth in sport, construction, music, the arts, IT sector, culture, business and all other sectors will be a lasting and fitting tribute to struggle heroes like the late Tamsanqa Poto, a former member of COSAS and Umkhonto Wesizwe cadre, whose remains were reburied in Port Elizabeth on Saturday.

“I am also happy with the progress being made to prepare a budget and IDP that responds to the service delivery challenges of our people.

“With the new leadership of the Metro and the assistance we are receiving from provincial and national government, we have a golden opportunity to make meaningful, decisive interventions to improve the lives of our people,” Luka said.

He said there was not time to waste as the municipality sought to speed up service delivery.

“It is my sincere hope that the positive spirit of engagement and public participation that informed the development of the IDP will always prevail and be the pillar of the interaction between the public representatives and the community.

“The neglect and vandalism of public community facilities is a great source of concern. I want to implore all Councillors to engage with the community to find ways to protect these facilities,” Luka said.  

He also congratulated Mayor, Danny Jordaan on the announcement of his new Mayoral Committee and called on the members to work urgently to address the challenges facing residents.

“We respect the individual and collective skills and experience that you bring to the leadership of the Metro,” Luka said.