In the interest of transparency and accountability, the Nelson Mandela Bay Metro Municipality will now open all Mayoral Committee Meetings to the public and media.
The first open meeting was held on the 27th September 2016 and the next meeting is scheduled to take place on the 12th October 2016 at 10:00am in the City Hall Council Chambers, with subsequent meetings taking place every second Wednesday in the same venue.
Under previous administrations, these meetings were closed, meaning that residents and the media were locked out of holding the Mayoral Committee and government to account.
It was this closed-door policy that allowed the former administration under Danny Jordaan and his Mayoral Committee Member for Budget and Treasury to claim that all was well in financial administration, when in actual fact they had plunged the municipality into financial insecurity with growing creditor and debtor lists, more and more write-offs of bad debt and diminishing revenue returns.
We won’t make the same mistakes as our predecessors and we are well on our way to solving these issues. In line with our manifesto promise, this new administration is delivering change by making sure that this government is entirely accountable to all residents and to the media at all levels of decision-making.
The Mayoral Committee is appointed by the Mayor and acts as a local cabinet, providing political leadership in all directorates. Decisions made by this Committee must be open to scrutiny by the public and the media so that this government is answerable to its residents.
We remain committed to ensuring that this administration works for the people, ensuring that better services are delivered, the economy is grown to create jobs and corruption is stopped.
Cllr Athol Trollip
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