Johannesburg – President Jacob Zuma assured the Nelson
Mandela Bay municipality that government would continue to provide hands-on
support in order to improve governance, the presidency said on Tuesday.
“Nelson Mandela Bay has a long history of turning
adversity into success,” Zuma was quoted as saying.
“The city has also done well over the years in
rolling out universal access to basic services. We will work closely with the
province and the city to help strengthen governance and put Nelson Mandela Bay
on a better footing.”
Zuma, accompanied by seven ministers and deputy
ministers, visited Port Elizabeth in the Eastern Cape on Tuesday to assess
The president underlined the support initiative led by
Finance Minister Pravin Gordhan and Co-operative Governance Minister Lechesa
The intervention entailed a set of short-term support
measures agreed to in August last year, the presidency said.
There were seven work-streams: institutional arrangements;
financial management; capital project management (infrastructure); governance,
administration, forensic investigation and internal audit; strategic planning,
local economic development and performance management; security management, and
legal and litigations.
The presidency said progress had been made in all these
areas from January this year.
“I am very pleased that despite challenges, the city
remains resilient and capable of resolving its current governance and
administration trap,” said Zuma.
“The city already has some positive and encouraging
developments such as the willingness of the business and civil society
organisations to work with the municipality to effect change and improve the
performance of the city.”