The Mandela Bay Development Agency (MBDA) board was on Friday the 12th of September awarded by the Black Management Forum (BMF) assisted by Delloite as the best performing board of all municipal entities in the Eastern Cape. The awards ceremony took place at a gala dinner in East London, hosted by BMF under the theme of “Reflecting on Effective Leadership and Governance of Boards of Directors in the Eastern Cape”. The awards are recognition of the value of strong, visionary, credible and skilled board of directors that are able to steer a critical institution such as a Development agency.
“We dedicate this award to the people of Nelson Mandela Bay, the Municipal Council who are the sole Shareholders of the MBDA, the outgoing and incoming boards, Management, staff and all our stakeholders” said agency Spokesperson Luvuyo Bangazi who received the award on behalf of the MBDA board in East London.
Speaking at the BMF Gala and Awards dinner, Eastern Cape MEC for Treasury and Economic Development, Sakhumzi Somyo said “agencies are formed by government to do the special service delivery tasks that government itself might be constrained in, lack capacity in or eager to deliver with speed. Therefore agencies need to be equipped with the right mix of skills, not just in management but in boards, or else how are you able to exercise proper oversight in matters you do not understand”.
This award comes at a time when the MBDA celebrates 10 years of existence since inception. During this time the MBDA board has strategically led the agency through 9 consecutive Unqualified Audits and this year attained what the agency believes is the expected standard, a Clean Audit. “We are encouraged by the Auditor General SA findings, but they are not something we necessarily celebrate as the MBDA. It is an expectation that as a public entity we handle public funds with efficiency, integrity and transparency guided not only by legislation and regulations but by doing the right things, to serve our communities to realize Madiba’s ideals of a better life for all” said a delighted Pierre Voges, the MBDA Chief Executive Officer.
“The management team and staff will forever be grateful to all the past members of the board and chairpersons, and in particular the most recent chaired by Mr Saki Macozoma who always kept management focused on the core business and purpose of the MBDA. The agency’s board members participate pro bono and those who work out of town will even pay for their own flights to Port Elizabeth, a sign of extreme sacrifice and passion for Nelson Mandela Bay. Therefore this award is a real expression of gratitude and recognition that all the hard work did not go unnoticed” concluded Voges.
The award, the first of its kind by BMF and Delloite seeks to award excellence in the top leadership structures of government entities. All entities are invited to participate by submitting relevant information such as Annual Reports dating back three to ten years where applicable. A team of specialists from Delloite then assists the BMF with the criteria, ranking and final adjudication.
The MBDA Board of Directors currently comprises:
ALFRED DA COSTA: Alfred da Costa is the Past President the Port Elizabeth Business Chamber. He represents the Eastern Cape region in Dinatla through Ukuvula Investments. Mr Da Costa has been in the frontline of business transformation and leading the business unity process in the Nelson Mandela Metropole. Mr da Costa serves on the Bidvest Group Board and the IQUAD Group as a non-executive director and is Chairman of the RGTSmart Group and the Bidvest Wits Soccer Club. He also serves as a Council Member of the University of South Africa (UNISA).
DANIEL JORDAAN: Daniel Alexander Jordaan, is currently the Vice President of the South African Football Association and recently Chief Executive Officer of the 2010 FIFA World Cup Organising Committee South Africa, life’s history is enriched with a variety of dynamic paths that eventually earned him the position at the top of the World’s most prestigious international sporting event.
PHILIPP GUTSCHE: Philipp Hugo Gutsche, Non Executive Chairman of Coca-Cola Sabco, was born in Port Elizabeth in 1938. After matriculating at Selborne College he attended the University of Cape Town where he obtained his B.Comm degree in 1960. He joined the Coca-Cola Export Corporation in Johannesburg in February 1961 and in July 1962 he joined his father’s business, S A Bottling Company, as Manager of the Port Elizabeth Plant. In 1975 he succeeded his father, Philipp Rowland Gutsche as Managing Director and in 1995 was appointed Executive Chairman and Chief Executive Officer.
HANNAH SADIKI: Currently Provincial Director of Gauteng with her prime accountability being to drive the teams to ensure market share growth and customer retention in line with Retail Banking business directives. Assume direct profit and loss accountability for the Province by planning, driving and managing the delivery of a multi-product/ multi-channel sales and service strategy across the province to attract, grow and retain quality business, in line with Retail Banking profitability objectives and market potential.
ROJIE KISTEN: Rojie Kisten was born and completed her schooling in Port Elizabeth at Woolhope Secondary School. She was Head Prefect at Woolhope in 1982 and was also recipient of the Dux Award for Academic and Sporting achievements in 1982. She was also the top student at the University of Stellenbosch on the MDP Programme (1993). She is the chairperson of Project Ilima, a skills capacity initiative of Old Mutual in partnership with the Department of Provincial and Local Government through Project Consolidate, and Serves as a Trustee on the Old Mutual Foundation as well as a director on the Masisizane Section 21 Company created by Old Mutual in 2007.
SAKI MACOZOMA: He studied Political Science, Economics and Journalism at the Universities of South Africa and Boston in the United States of America. After spending five years in prison on Robben Island he joined the South African Council of Churches. He also worked for the ANC and South African Breweries. He became a Member of Parliament in 1994 and left the Legislature to take up a position as Managing Director of Transnet Limited, a job he held for five years. He is Chairman of Liberty Holdings, Deputy Chairman of the Standard Bank Group, Non Executive Chairman of Safika Holdings, Chairman of the Council of Wits University and Chairman of Mandela Bay Development Agency (MBDA).
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