Powering Port Elizabeth and Beyond
The Nelson Mandela Bay Municipality continues to invest in and provide vital services to residents and businesses, built around a five-year development plan
Writer: Tom Wadlow
Project Manager: Callam Waller
Nelson Mandela Bay – one of eight metropolitan municipalities in South Africa lying on the Eastern Cape shores of the Algoa Bay.
Covering an expanse of around 2,000 square kilometres, the area revolves around the bustling city of Port Elizabeth, also encompassing the nearby towns of Uitenhage and Despatch and the surrounding agricultural land.
A mecca for both local and international beach sporting activities and outdoor fun, Nelson Mandela Bay offers a bounty of rich pickings in many aspects, its residents renowned for their warm hospitality.
The area is also a commercial hub, no better demonstrated than by the deep-water Port of Ngqura, thought by many to be the most modern example in the whole southern hemisphere. Added to this is a formidable automotive industry presence, with many international vehicle and component producers having their regional bases set up in Port Elizabeth.
Further still, Nelson Mandela Bay is a preferred region for the manufacturing of pharmaceuticals, flour, meat, frozen veggies, soft drinks, chocolates, cheese, yoghurt, ice-cream, paper and leather products.
Responsible for serving the needs of approximately 1.2 million residents and a vast number of businesses is the Nelson Mandela Bay Municipality.
Formed in 2001, the authority is named after the late President Nelson Mandela, anti-apartheid revolutionary, political