The political changes in Nelson Mandela Bay have undoubtedly given birth to a renewed sense of hope and commitment on the part of metro residents, as the new leadership’s first 100 days in office have evidently showcased their capabilities in dealing with the mammoth task of resuscitating our ailing metro.
As the DA-led coalition government, we have made significant strides in many ways since ascending to power three months ago. In that period, we have also made inroads in achieving many of the promises this government made when it became the new leadership – a historical victory by all accounts.
At the outset, we have inculcated a new culture of clean governance and accountability, anchored on implementing an all-inclusive developmental agenda for Nelson Mandela Bay Metro and its residents, through a capable and competent corps of municipal staff. We have placed service delivery at the forefront of our agenda to bring about change, stop corruption and create much-needed jobs.
We have no illusions about the challenges that lie ahead, but we have strengthened our resolve to rid this city of incompetence, corruption, poor service delivery and unemployment through hard work and inclusivity.
Nelson Mandela Bay owes its unique identity to one of the most celebrated political icons, the late former president, Nelson Mandela. This city’s reputation is balanced on the shoulders of an iconic leader, a protagonist of reconciliation and change.
As such, we continue to draw inspiration from his principled leadership qualities as we rebuild this city. The legacy of our governance will be judged by the efforts we put into creating a city that is founded on the principles of freedom, fairness and opportunity for all.
We know that redressing the past will take a Herculean effort from this new administration.
Essentially, we are not a government that is consumed by a sense of self-importance, political short-sightedness and arrogant leadership. We are not concerned with burying our snouts in the trough while the majority of our citizens live in abject poverty in communities where service delivery, the government’s key output, is non-existent.
In our first 100 days in office, we made a commitment to stop corruption. This was realised with the launch of an anti-corruption hotline, which has already resulted in 38 internal investigations.
Recent suspensions and dismissals of numerous senior municipal officials, without any golden handshakes, speaks volumes of our determination to be a responsible and accountable government which promotes consequence management.