Executive Mayor

Executive Mayor - Cllr Danny Jordaan

The Nelson Mandela Bay Municipality is proud to be led by its Executive Mayor: Cllr Danny Jordaan, who was elected by the National Leadership of the African National Congress (ANC). Cllr Danny Jordaan was sworn into Council on 22 July 2015 and officially inducted as Executive Mayor on 28 July 2015 at a Special Council Meeting at the Nangoza Jebe Hall in New Brighton, Nelson Mandela Bay.

Daniel Alexander Jordaan was born on 3 September 1951 in Nelson Mandela Bay’s Schauderville. In the early 1970’s, he became involved in the South African Anti-Apartheid Movement, joining the South African Students’ Organisation (SASO), an organisation founded by his ANC Comrade, Steve Biko, aimed at defending the rights of Black students. Later, he also became a member of the United Democratic Front (UDF) and the African National Congress (ANC).

Following his studies at the University of the Western Cape, where he obtained a BA Degree, Cllr Jordaan became a teacher in 1974. He subsequently obtained an Honours Degree from the University of South Africa. In 1990, he was elected as the chairperson of the Port Elizabeth North ANC branch. After the 1994 South African elections, he became a member of Parliament under the newly elected Nelson Mandela, a position he held until 1997.

In 1997, Danny Jordaan was elected as the Chief Executive Officer of the South African Football Association (SAFA). During his service to SAFA, he headed South Africa in its bid to host the 2006 FIFA World Cup, narrowly losing out to Germany. His work gained him great respect internationally, which further lead to success in winning South Africa the bid to host the 2010 FIFA World Cup. On 28 September 2013, Danny Jordaan was elected as the new President of SAFA, ahead of Mandla Mazibuko by 162 to 88 votes from 52 regions.

  • 1994 – He received the Special Presidential award from then South African President Nelson Mandela.
  • 2000 – He won the South Africa’s Marketing Person of the Year award.
  • 2001 – He received the Presidential Sport Achievement award from then South African President Thabo Mbeki.
  • 2004 – He was voted 44th in the Top 100 Great South Africans and Newsmaker of the Year.
  • Four honorary Doctorates in Philosophy and Administration: namely from the Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University, the University of the Western Cape, the University of South Africa, and the University of Fort Hare.
  • Mayoral Award from the Mayor of Los Angeles in October.
  • General Co-ordinator for the Youth World Cup.
  • General Co-ordinator of the 2001 FIFA Confederations Cup.
  • General Co-ordinator of the 2002 FIFA World Cup in Korea/Japan.
  • Match Commissioner for the 2006 FIFA World Cup Organising Committee.
  • 2010 FIFA World Cup Organising Committee.
  • 2009 FIFA Confederations Cup Organising Committee.
  • Member of the FIFA International Marketing Council
Tel: 041 506 3385

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