26 May, Port Elizabeth - The Mandela Bay
Development Agency (MBDA) Board Chairperson Phil Goduka today announced the
appointment of Ashraf Adam as the new Acting Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of
the Agency. The appointment of Adam follows the Board's decision to accept the
stepping down of Acting CEO Ashwin Daya who has been acting in this role since
Goduka says “the Board thanked Daya for his
stewardship of the Agency during this critical time. Daya will now return to
his full time position of Chief Financial Officer”.
“The MBDA Board, with the support of the
Nelson Mandela Bay Municipality ran a nationwide search for a full time CEO
since the resignation of former head Pierre Voges in January. More than 60
hopefuls applied for the position with six making it into the interview stage
but the Board did not find a suitable candidate who met the Agency's requirements
and mandate” added Goduka.
Adam joins the MBDA for a period of three months
to allow the Board enough time to find a suitable candidate. He has been
seconded to the position by the South African Local Government Association
(SALGA) where he is the Executive-Director responsible for Economic Development
and Planning. Adam has a strong development background and has previously
worked in both consulting and municipal roles relating to economic development.
“Adam’s wealth of experience includes municipal
governance, land use management, climate change, promoting public participation
in governance, municipal infrastructure planning, urban and rural planning as
well as strategic planning in the public sector” concluded Goduka.
Speaking to MBDA staff, Ashraf, as he
politely asks to be referred to, said “I look forward to getting acquainted
with the agency and getting to know the people. The first order of business is
to understand whether the work the Agency does is done in terms of its mandate,
its operating systems and areas of focus before I make any recommendations to
the Board. Three months is a relatively short period, my role is to help lay
the foundations for the new CEO to seamlessly start work. The meeting today
with a full Board of directors has assisted me to gain a sense of their vision
and expectations and I look forward to working with the staff to realise these”.