Nelson Mandela Bay Municipality Executive Mayor Dr Danny Jordaan committed R200 million to be spent for the Motherwell cluster of wards and warmed hearts with swift decisions to deal with service delivery issues.
Referring to an earlier presentation on the city’s finances, Dr Danny Jordaan said: "You saw that we have R1.7 billion in the bank. Your metro is not bankrupt. We are going to spend R200 million on this cluster.
"We want the money to be spent on the projects approved by you. No money will be stalled and no corruption will take place in the Metro,” Mayor Jordaan said echoed by rowdy applause from hundreds of residents who braved the cold to attend the Mayoral Outreach programme at the Raymond Mhlaba Sports Centre.
The Motherwell cluster comprises wards 23, 54, 55, 56, 57, 58, 59 and 60.
An elderly lady from Nongonoza Street, Wells Estate decried her circumstances as her house is so severely cracked that birds can fly into her dwelling.
"Please help me, I cannot do it on my own as I will never have enough money to do it myself,” she said.
The Nelson Mandela Bay Municipality Rapid Response Task Team, coordinated by municipal veteran Zonile Ndoni, will visit the house early tomorrow to see how the municipality can resolve her plight.
Bassie Makubalo, from Bluewater Bay, listed a number of job creation initiatives and received an invitation from the Mayor to be part of a working group that is currently working closely with the Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University to come up with township economic development initiatives, ocean economy and other economic development initiatives.
Responding to questions about the Metro Police, Mayor Jordaan said: "The municipal council approved the Metro Police in November 2009 and Provincial Government ratified the decision on 11 February 2011.
"We have discussed this issue long enough and will not spend another year discussing it. We will implement it now,” he said amid appreciative applause.
The next advertised stop on the Mayoral Outreach programme is the George Botha Community Hall, where the Mayor will address wards in the Lilian Diedericks cluster.
Issued on behalf of the Nelson Mandela Bay Municipality by Acting Communications Director Kupido Baron (082 780 2726 / 041 506 1500 / firstname.lastname@example.org / @kupidobaron).