On 11 April 2014 the Nelson Mandela Bay Metropolitam Mayor, addressed invited guests and media, in the Feathermarket Hall, on the State of the Metro.
This is his full unabridged speech: (Click here to rate the SOMA Address)
Good Evening, Molweni, Goeienaand
Firstly, I wish to pay tribute to a hero and heroine of the struggle who passed on yesterday. I refer to Mrs Mthimkulu, the mother of the former leader of the Congress of South African Students, Siphiwo Mthimkulu, and Oom Joe Claasen, a veteran who have played an important role in our struggle for liberation. May their souls rest in peace.
Speaker, I am profoundly honoured for the mandate to present the State of the Metro Address before this august Assembly at this momentous time – celebrating 20 years of Freedom in South Africa. This is an august assembly comprising the political leadership, citizens, ward committees, representatives from different sector groupings; civil society formations and residents of Nelson Mandela Bay. May I extend a special word of welcome our newly elected and recently inaugurated Ward Committees who are in attendance today.
My address by its very nature reflects on the journey travelled since 1990, as well as to present the activities and programmes of the Nelson Mandela Bay Metropolitan Municipality, which were designed, through its various portfolios and directorates, to give maximum assistance and support to benefit all our residents.
In 1996, local government elections extended the vote to all residents, finally bringing to an end over 150 years of segregated municipal government.