FOREWORD: EXECUTIVE MAYOR OF NELSON MANDELA BAY, CLLR ATHOL TROLLIP.
The MBDA has achieved commendable success since its establishment in
2003, with investments in its projects having yielded visible results and value
for the people of Nelson Mandela Bay.
While on the whole, the Metro failed administratively in recent years to meet
the expectations of citizens and industry, the Mandela Bay Development
Agency contrastingly proved itself the proverbial jewel in the crown regarding
service delivery. Expansion of the Agency’s mandate since its founding,
is testament thereto. Now, with service delivery improving daily since the
period under review, it is envisaged that some undue burdens placed on
the MBDA may be relieved. This will better enable it to focus on its actual
Initially tasked with rejuvenation of the inner city, the MBDA steadily progressed
to begin its work in the Metro’s peripheries, with a principal goal
to, “attain continuity of development between the inner city, urban centres
and townships”. The Singaphi Street upgrade undertaken in New Brighton
laid fair groundwork for further development - including in the townships
of Helenvale, Schauderville/Korsten and Veeplaas. Crucial lessons learned
through these endeavours have instilled fundamental institutional knowledge
- not least of all in terms of the Municipality’s partnering with SMMEs
within the development context. I am confident that in the long-term, the
Metro will see its “townships transformed into suburbs”.
Investment in Constitution Hill has breathed new life into decaying architectural
heritage sites and has since, been met with positive private sector
investment response. Completion of the Tramways Building’s redevelopment
has seen the establishment of a vibrant bi-monthly Baakens Valley
Market. This has served not only in the Valley becoming user and pedestrian
friendly, but also in small businesses being attracted there and supported.
The positive outcomes of the Baakens Valley urban upgrades will no doubt
be advanced upon as developments under conceptualization in the draft of
the Port-Marina Masterplan later come to fruition.
The New Administration has promised development that sees the economy
diversified. I am pleased that MBDA planning for its future projects has focused
on seeing the Metro economy diversified. Upcoming development
of the Telkom Park/Happy Valley precinct, together with the intended redevelopment
of Bayworld offers much for citizens and local business to look
forward to. Through the planning achieved in the period under review, these
projects are well positioned to commence as scheduled for future promotion
of the heritage, cultural and creative economy - in conjunction with tourism
- as tools for economic growth and creation of visited public spaces.
It is our intention to see the Telkom Park/Happy Valley, Port-Marina and
Bayworld upgrade developments maximized upon to become key differentiators
of Nelson Mandela Bay as a city of choice for investment, recreation
People-focused development is a firmly established cornerstone of the New
Administration’s planning and delivery. The MBDA’s sound public participation
record thus offers great optimism for its future undertakings as the
Metro’s Development Agency.
Credit is due to the MBDA for the well-maintained relationship between the
Metro and KfW Bank. I further congratulate MBDA CEO, Mr Pierre Voges,
CFO Mr Ashwin Daya, their team and the MBDA Board for their consistency
in receiving a clean audit – the only clean audits this city has achieved in
recent years have been the MBDA’s.
The Nelson Mandela Metro Municipality wishes to thank the outgoing CEO
Mr Pierre Voges for his professional service to the MBDA and the City and
we wish him well for whatever the future may hold for him.
The New Administration is taking the Metro forward and much inroads have
been made since the period under review. It is without doubt that as further
progress is made, the MBDA’s role will continue to prove invaluable to the
success of Nelson Mandela Bay.
CLLR ATHOL TROLLIP
NELSON MANDELA BAY