The voice of organised business in Nelson Mandela Bay, Kevin Hustler, CEO of the Nelson Mandela Bay Business Chamber has, on behalf of the Chamber’s members welcomed the investigation into the Bay’s on again off again IPTS.
The NMB Business Chamber said; “The concerns of business and civil society have been vindicated as the Nelson Mandela Bay Business Chamber welcomes the news that Finance Minister Nhlanhla Nene’s department will launch a full-scale investigation into Nelson Mandela Bay’s stalled Integrated Public Transport System.
The Business Chamber, along with its partners in the Civil Society Coalition, has been consistently firm and forthright in its call for the utmost transparency in all matters relating to the evidence of wasteful expenditure, the lack of leadership, and a significant amount of mismanagement present within the IPTS project.
The concerns of the Coalition were raised at the highest levels during 2014, including during face-to-face engagements with President Jacob Zuma and Minister Nene in Pretoria, through interactions with the President and his ministerial delegation, on an ongoing basis with the Nelson Mandela Bay City Manager, as well as in person with the Public Protector, Advocate Thuli Madonsela.
The call for efficient and effective action and accountability has been unambiguously clear – we want to see those responsible for fraud and corruption brought to book, and the implementation of measures to ensure that funding is handled responsibly, to the benefit of all citizens of Nelson Mandela Bay.
Punitive and remedial action is urgently needed to bring confidence