In just over a month since being appointed as new directors, the Mandela Bay Development Agency (MBDA) board has set in motion a process to chart the future of the agency for the next five years. During the first weekend of November, the MBDA board together with various stakeholders mainly from the Nelson Mandela Bay Municipality (NMBM) and the Industrial Development Corporation (IDC) held its first Strategic Planning workshop.
“It is important to acknowledge the good work done by the previous board which has delivered the MBDA to where it is today, an effective Urban Renewal agency with many accolades for clean governance and for changing the face of Nelson Mandela Bay” says new MBDA board Chairperson, Motse Mfuleni. “Since this is a new board, we have a new challenge and mandate from the shareholder NMBM, to not only maintain the sterling job done to date, but to elevate and build up the MBDA to be a strategic super economic agency of the region. We want every citizen of Nelson Mandela Bay to feel the existence of this agency, and more importantly to own it” added Mfuleni.
The new board appointment comes at a very opportune time, being the end of the current five year strategic plan. The current plan focuses a lot on promoting economic growth through Urban Renewal with a particular focus on the Central Business District (CBD) and immediate surrounding areas from Kings Beach to North End.
The two day getaway was preceded by a number of smaller stakeholder engagements with key business and civil society leaders, the purpose of which was twofold, to introduce the new leadership and establishing new relationships, but most importantly to listen to their needs and concerns. “Stakeholders are our end-users, they are the ones who are directly impacted by our decisions and so it’s important for us to take in views before embarking on our next five year journey” says Mfuleni.
The NMBM Council’s new mandate to the MBDA incorporates the need to develop a focused approach in tackling urban renewal of the City’s townships, a clear and innovative strategy to increase black economic empowerment and also to better leverage some of the Municipality’s properties as is the case with the Tramways building. According to the MBDA Chief Executive Officer, Dr Pierre Voges; “The new mandate provides the team with a real opportunity to now have a more structured, focused and clearly defined strategy to tackle other strategic nodes and projects across the City, leveraging all that experience gained over the last ten years. Having upgraded a number of areas through catalytic public capital spending, the MBDA will now also take selected Municipality properties forward for development to further enhance private sector investment, stemming the capital flight, but also creating a bigger urban economy in tourism real estate development along with black economic empowerment.
It is expected that the new five-year strategy will be finalized before the end of 2014, followed by a stakeholder roadshow to mobilize all stakeholders behind the new vision.
Speaking on behalf of the NMBM Executive Mayor, Mayoral Committee member Cllr Balu Naran says “The MBDA is a key and important instrument of the NMBM in accelerating the delivery of special economic and catalytic projects and initiatives. Council has great confidence in the new board and management to carry out its new mandate successfully.”
The new MBDA board directors are:
1. Adv. Luvuyo Bono
2. Baphelele Mhlaba
3. Darryl A Dennis
4. Donovan Nadison
5. Chantal du Pisani
6. Melikhaya Lucky Gosani
7. Monde Ngonyama
8. Samkelo Dlulane
9. Kenny Govender
10. Motse Maxwell Mfuleni – Chairperson
11. Mncedisi Griffiths Sitoto
12. Nomalizo Mandaba
13. Vuyo Zitumane
14. Khulile Vuyisile Nzo
15. Dr Danny Jordaan
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Article source: http://mype.co.za/new/mbda-board-5-year-plan/42598/2014/11