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NMBM gets ball rolling on acting City Manager position

Published: May 23, 2024


The Nelson Mandela Bay Municipality has kickstarted a process to second an acting City Manager from another entity of the State in an effort to maintain stability in the crucial office.

This comes after the Council agreed during a special Council meeting on Wednesday, 22 May 2024, on the process to be followed.

Addressing members of the media on Thursday, 23 May 2024, NMBM Executive Mayor, Cllr Gary van Niekerk said the Metro would engage the Eastern Cape MEC for Cooperative Governance for support in temporarily filling the critical post.

He was joined by Council Speaker, Cllr Eugene Johnson and Chief Whip, Cllr Wandisile Jikeka during the briefing.

"As the government of local unity we looked at the options available to us and agreed to approach the MEC’s office to recommend names to us we can consider to fill the acting position. We don’t go to the MEC with a name, he will propose names to us. We are opting for an external candidate because none of the internal senior officials actually want to act in that position and we can’t force them. Mr Luvuyo Magalela who is the Executive Director for Electricity and Energy is currently holding the fort, but he has made it clear from the onset that he wants to be back in his position.”

"We are updating our residents because this is an important matter and we will keep them abreast of the developments as we are transparent and accountable leaders of

this Metro. As the political leadership we did take a decision that we want all suspension matters to be dealt with promptly as suspensions cost us a lot of resources, but due diligence must be done,” the Mayor said.

The Mayor said the Metro’s current capital budget spending had improved from last year by this time and he was confident the rate would increase to up to 90% by the end of the current financial year.


Issued by NMBM Communications Office.

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