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Parliamentary Oversight Visit

Parliamentary Oversight Visit

On Monday 21 April 2015, the Nelson Mandela Bay Municipality held a joint meeting with Economic and Business Development Parliamentary Chairperson Litho Suka and Trade and International Relations Parliamentary Chairperson Edward Ronald Makua at City Hall.

The purpose of the meeting was to have an economic overview and to assess inter alia skills development, job opportunities, infrastructure and engineering development, the IPTS, electricity and energy, ICT and the Motherwell Urban Renewal Programme (MURP).

Ongoing projects such as the Nooitgedacht Low-level Scheme, the Njoli Square Development, the Mandela Film Festival, Communal Toilets for Bucket Eradication, and Integrated Housing Developments were also discussed.

Infrastructure and Engineering Portfolio Chairperson Andile Mfunda said: “Nelson Mandela Bay is the economic hub of the Eastern Cape, and this meeting was important in registering our priorities with our counterparts in Parliament. We are thankful for their visit and trustfully they are now better enlightened to be able to take forward our programmes for more funding.   Whilst, as the NMBM, we are going ahead with Nooidgedacht, we have emphasised its importance and the consequent request for national government to supplement the municipality's funding thereof."

MP Lutho Suka commended the Nelson Mandela Bay Municipality for the progress it has made in infrastructure development, economic resuscitation and general delivery of services, whilst identifying some of the challenges.

“We will now compile a report that will go to Parliament and the NCOP where we will make a recommendation to the executive which will be discussed and debated in Parliament."

"We are committed to assisting and supplementing the programmes of the Nelson Mandela Bay Municipality, by whatever means possible, both strategically and in terms of fundraising from the national fiscus.  For us to be able to do this, the municipality has to present to us a strong case, highlighting all its challenges.”


Photo caption: Njoli Square Development, one of the things discussed within the meeting.  IMAGE supplied by www.urbila.com