Port Elizabeth: The Mandela Bay Development Agency (MBDA) today welcomed seasoned sports marketing specialist Mpho Mokonyana to the role of full time Nelson Mandela Bay Stadium Manager. Mokonyana, 39, has 19 years commercial sports experience spanning sports development, event management, sponsorship recruitment and business development.
Ashwin Daya, acting Chief Executive Officer of the MBDA says “the agency ran a countrywide search for a candidate that understands the sports and special events environment, commercialization, sponsorship recruitment and Mpho came through very strongly”.
“The stadium already has a competent team overseeing operations, finance and facilities in place. What we really needed, and also highlighted in the stadium commercial plan is an individual than can build solid commercial partnerships and start to turn the Nelson Mandela Bay stadium into a strong income generator, lessoning the financial burden on the municipality and ultimately the rate payer” concluded Daya.
City Manager, Johan Mettler who formed part of the interview panel says “the Nelson Mandela Bay Municipality welcomes Mpho with full confidence that the MBDA has found the best available candidate for the big task ahead. The Stadium is the City’s largest asset by value and we are determined to get it to sweat for the City and the people of Nelson Mandela Bay through efficient and skilful management. The MBDA, Mpho and