A special Budget and Treasury and Economic Development Mayoral Committee meeting, was held at Ster-Kinekor at Baywest Mall today. Mayor Danny Jordaan drove his battery-powered Nissan Leaf car right into the mall for the meeting, as part of his campaign to raise awareness of the cleaner technology.
Danny Jordaan, with Budget and Treasury and Economic Development Mayoral Committee councillors in tow, spent Tuesday at Baywest Mall hearing from public representatives about what could be done to elevate the city and make it a thriving tourism and business hub.
Among the speakers was former Bay schoolboy and co-founder of MC Saatchi Abel advertising agency in Cape Town, Mike Abel, who flew in specially to address councillors from Cape Town. Abel spoke about his passion for the city and about Project Nelson Mandela Bay, a non-profit organisation aimed at elevating the city’s status nationally, of which he is a part.
Also addressing councillors was Baywest City MD Gavin Blows, who called on the city to make doing business in the region more competitive on a national scale. Blows said Baywest was driving plans to revive the Apple Express train and railway line, which would boost tourism and development.
Bay Business Chamber CEO Kevin Hustler, also addressed the meeting, speaking on this chamber’s Vision 2030 and what needed to be achieved for the city to become a thriving business centre. In a bid to raise awareness of cleaner technology, Jordaan entered the mall in his battery-powered Nissan Leaf, parking it at the entrance to Ster-Kinekor cinemas, where the meeting was held.
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