Programme Director, MEC of Sports, Recreation, Arts and Culture, Pemmy Majodina, Vice Chancellor of Nelson Mandela University, Professor Derrick Swartz, Mandela Bay Development Agency CEO, Dr Pierre Voges, Fellow councillors, Members of the media, Ladies and gentleman;
I am delighted and honoured to be here with you on this occasion to sign the Memorandum of Understanding of the handover of Bayworld by the EC Provincial Government as represented by the MEC Pemmy Majodina of the Department of Sport, Recreation, Arts and Culture and the Nelson Mandela Bay Municipality is a major milestone in our endeavour to create jobs and grow the economy of our metro.
The Bayworld is one of the iconic tourism experiences in the Nelson Mandela Bay Metro and the MOU signed here today will provide us with a committed approach to working more closely together with the Department of Sports, Recreation, Arts and Culture, in our pursuit to create jobs. Each side will create significant opportunities on one end the Metro will take over the management and development of oceanarium while the Department of Sports, Recreation, Arts and Culture will continue to manage the museum.
Today marks the unleashing of the potential of the Five Golden Years 2016-2022 and this ceremony of the handover of the Bayworld will undoubtedly amplify our coastal and marine tourism. The extraordinary beauty, cultural wealth and great diversity of the metro’s pristine coastline make it a preferred destination for many holidaymakers across the globe.
On offer is a wide range of facilities and activities