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Trollip expected to deliver his State of the Metro in Despatch

Aug 17, 2017
Trollip expected to deliver his State of the Metro in Despatch

Nelson Mandela Bay Municipality Executive Mayor, Athol Trollip, will on Thursday deliver his State of the Metro Address, one year after a Democratic Alliance (DA)-led coalition government booted out the African National Congress (ANC) after a surprise result in the 2016 Local Government elections.

The State of Metro Address is taking place at the Ernest Swanepoel Hall in Despatch, in line with the Metro's committment to taking governance closer to the residents.

Trollip is expected to highlight on progress made by the coalition in deliverying on its election promises while outlining his 'One City, One Future' vision.

Under Trollip, the Nelson Mandela Bay Municipality was named the second most trusted municipality in South Africa in the latest South African Customer Satisfaction Index (SAcsi).

According to him, the Metro also arrested financial deviations and wasteful expenditure by approximately 90%.

The coalition government also recorded capital expenditure of 93% in the 2016/17 financial year - the highest spend since before the 2010 Soccer World Cup.

The administration has been leading the charge against alleged corrupt officials and services as it seeks to clean-up the Bay.

The fraud case against former Eastern Cape Rugby boss, Cheeky Watson, and three other co-accused, Nadia Gerwel, Mandisi Mkaza and Joeleen Andrea, over alleged theft, fraud, corruption, money laundering and forgery relating to some R12 million that was meant for the Nelson Mandela Bay Municipality's stagnant Integrated Public Transport System (IPTS) is in the courts.

This week, the coalition said it was finally taking action against those fingered in the Kabuso Forensic Report.

The coalition has also tried to speedily address the housing backlog in the Metro by issuing several title deeds.

However, during his tenure General Motors announced that they were leaving South Africa, causing a panic in the Bay, which also relies heavily on the Uitenhage-based automotive sector.

The Nelson Mandela Bay region, and the Eastern Cape, is also suffering under a drought that forced the Metro to introduce water restrictions and punitive tariffs. Efforts have been made to try and intensify the 'War on Leaks' while encouraging residents and businesses to save water.

Crime and safety remain a big challenge in the Bay.

There have also been squabbles within the coalition itself as Trollip, and his Deputy, the United Democratic Movement (UDM), Mongameli Bobani, are no longer seeing each other eye to eye. There is currently a motion of no confidence in Bobani scheduled for Council to debate his dismissal.