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MBDA says 2016 was a challenging but fruitful year

Dec 22, 2016
MBDA says 2016 was a challenging but fruitful year

The Mandela Bay Development Agency (MBDA) on Thursday said that 2016 was yet another calendar year mixed with challenges, triumphs and a lot of lessons to help guide and steer the agency to an even more fruitful 2017.

"Despite all the challenges, the MBDA continued to deliver for the citizens of Nelson Mandela Bay," said Luvuyo Bangazi, MBDA Spokesperson.

"The agency made great strides in the implementation of the German KfW bank funded R60m Safety and Peace through Urban Upgrading (SPPU) project in Helenvale. There are already a number of construction and social projects underway in that community, changing lives daily."

Bangazi said that the flagship R40m Singaphi Street environmental upgrade project in New Brighton has progressed under very difficult conditions.

"With phase two near completion, the MBDA looks forward to revitalising this historically rich and culturally significant node which adds a unique layer in Tourism for the city. The Baakens Valley project is also in full swing with the completion of the popular Tramways Building which has seen over 60 000 feet come through the various cultural, business, creative and social gatherings that have taken place there," he described. 

"The Tramways is also host to a much needed youth employment initiative, the Umzi Wethu academy that trains young people in hospitality and conservation, placing them in much needed jobs and changing their lives forever.

"Even in the midst of the 2016 local government elections, the MBDA was still able to take on and get started with a process that will see to the revitalization and repositioning of the once popular Bayworld facility. This facility which belongs to the Eastern Cape Government was handed over to the Nelson Mandela Bay Municipality (NMBM) for future redevelopment."

Also in 2016, the MBDA welcomed new leadership in both the board of directors of the agency as well as in Council post 3rd of August.

To end off the year, the MBDA was again awarded another Clean Audit finding by the Auditor General South Africa, continuing the string of unqualified audits since inception, a feather in the cap of dedicated staff, sound management and good leadership.

Founding CEO and longest serving employee of the MBDA, Chief Executive Officer Dr Pierre Voges is both relieved and excited by what the future holds, both personally and for the MBDA.

“On behalf of staff I would like thank all MBDA board members, the Nelson Mandela Bay Mayoral committee, Council, the City Manager, our stakeholders and all the citizens of Nelson Mandela Bay for their support and commitment in allowing the MBDA to be the positive change agent it has become” said Voges.

The CEO adds “it is imperative that all the projects are supported by a concerted effort to keep the precincts clean, a strategy to deal with crime and to put in place proper maintenance plans in place to avoid what has happened in other cities where upgraded infrastructure has degenerated”

“I wish every citizen and visitor to Nelson Mandela Bay a happy festive season and a prosperous new year” concluded Voges.

The offices of the Mandela Bay Development Agency will be closed from Friday the 23rd at 12h00 till 8am on Tuesday the 3rd of January 2012