News Article

Update on the ‘go slow’ by the NMBM Electricity & Energy directorate

Published: September 28, 2022


Dear Nelson Mandela Bay Citizens 

We have noted with concern that some employees in the Electricity and Energy Directorate of the Nelson Mandela Bay Municipality have embarked on an illegal ‘go slow’ yesterday. We are working around the clock to manage the impact this may have on service delivery. 

Whilst we understand they may have frustrations; it is important that we all work together as a team, on addressing critical employee issues that affect the working conditions of all employees and living conditions of the citizens of Nelson Mandela Bay. 

This will ensure that we rebuild trust, credibility, teamwork and unity whilst we equally maintain a high standard of service delivery to our citizens. 

The leadership, working together with organised labour, is putting measures in place to ensure we are more responsive towards the needs of our employees and citizens. 

In our efforts to rebuild trust with labour, and improve working relations, the leadership had a ‘meet and greet’ with the unions, last week, where we committed to schedule an urgent formal engagement platform with labour, in order to fully comprehend the challenges that affect employee working conditions. This engagement platform is receiving the highest priority. 

Working together, the Executive Mayor and City Manager will participate in upcoming labour forums in order to assess and monitor their effectiveness and provide leadership and guidance on prioritising employee related matters that may have a negative impact on service delivery. 

We are committed to creating an enabling environment for employees to be heard, and enjoy being at work, whilst effectively delivering services to you, our customers.

Let’s all work together to get Nelson Mandela Bay Municipality working again, for our benefit, that of our citizens and future generations to come.


Issued on behalf of the Executive Mayor, Cllr Retief Odendaal and Member of the Mayoral Committee for Electricity & Energy, Cllr Lance Grootboom

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