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General information on Water Rebate Applications 

  • Water meters must be monitored by the account-holder on a daily basis to ensure that water leaks are detected timeously - and not 30 days later when a high statement is received.
  • Water leak rebates are offered for underground leaks only.
  • No rebate will be considered for above-ground leaks (e.g. stolen copper pipes, faulty taps, geysers, toilets etc).
  • The water rebate application must be submitted within 30 days from the date on which the leak was repaired.
  • A motivation must accompany late submissions.
  • Only 1 water rebate will be allowed over a period of 12 months.
  • Three actual readings must be obtained from the meter over the next three months after the leak is repaired to ensure that the leak was fully and correctly repaired.
  • The water rebate only subsidise 50% of the leaked water and the account-holder must repay the other 50%; therefore daily monitoring of the water meter is important.
  • Water leak rebate requests must be made on the prescribed form.
    - Download form


How and where to apply:



Your water account will show a consumption charge for the total number of kilolitres you have used over the last month. Note that the meter reader does not read the number of litres.

As you are being charged according to the amount of water you use, it is a good idea to know how to read your meter and read it regularly. 

It is important to understand water volumes. 

Here is an explanation: 

  • 1 Ml = 1 000 kl (think of a cube 10 m x 10 m x 10 m) The NMBM usage is approximately 320 Ml/day)
  • 1 kl = 1 000 l (think of a cube 1 m x 1 m x 1 m, 1 kl = 1 m3)
  • 1 l = 1 000 ml (a teaspoon takes 5 ml, a cool drink can take 330 ml)


Your water meter tells you exactly how much water you are using. Generally, water meters are located just inside the boundary of your property, normally in the corner.

Water usage can be monitored by simply reading your meter on a daily basis.

  • Black numbers tell you how many kilolitres (kl) you have used.
  • Red numbers tell you how many litres (l) you have used.





The NMBM wishes to notify stakeholders that the deadline for submissions in application for the Municipality's Small Grants  has been extended to Friday, 3 December 2021 before 12h00 noon. Submissions to be delivered at St. George's Park. 

The Nelson Mandela Bay Municipality promotes the development and growth of the arts / culture and heritage sectors in Nelson Mandela Bay.

The NMBM accordingly invites applications for the Calendar Year 21/22 from individual performing artists, heritage practitioners, Community groups, NGOs, NPOs, and Community Organisations active in the Arts, Culture and Heritage Sectors that wish to host development projects (including film development) and programmes to promote growth and development in Nelson Mandela Bay.


Nelson Mandela Bay Municipality will be having one call for submissions during the 2021/2022 financial year. This call is based on projects/programmes concluding no later 30 June 2022. 


  1. Successful applicants will be supported up to a maximum amount of R100 000 with a minimum of R50 000.
  2. The 2022 Call for submissions will comprise of the criteria below.
  3. Proposals should be in line with the NMBM Arts and Culture Development Programmes Policy Framework, with a strong focus on the following:  
    • Skills transfer i.e. (training initiatives) in the cultural development in respect of Performing Arts including theater, dance, music and across these three cultures.
    • Arts exhibitions with respect to the Visual arts /Sculpture and crafts.
    • Heritage: Educational heritage projects with a focus on cultural Tourism inclusive of Indigenous Heritage, Specialized Oral History projects.
    • Film Development project that focus on script development. 


  1. The Project/Programme must be locally owned and delivered.
  2. The Project/Programme must be held in Nelson Mandela Bay.
  3. The Programme must be developmental in nature.
  4. The Programme must benefit Port Elizabeth, Uitenhage and Despatch.
  5. Social Cohesion: Arts project proposals must show the desire to foster growth and sustainability in organizations and individuals that pursue unity among and the management of local artists in Nelson Mandela Bay, encompassing all demographics and Clusters in the City.
  6. Applicants working in partnerships and has potential support funding approved will be given preference.

The decision of the adjudicators is final; The NMBM will enforce aesthetic rights interventions!

A panel of experts will adjudicate the proposals received.

In this regard, the NMBM desires nominations of five adjudicators from various arts & Heritage disciplines to be made to SRAC.

  • Nominations may include key stakeholders of the NMBM. The criterion for participation is an extensive experience in their relevant discipline with a relevant experience and track record as a an Arts, Culture or Heritage practitioner.
  • The Adjudication Committee results for the Arts Grant will be included in the Strategic Events Committee of SRAC including NMBM Budget & Treasury & Supply Chain Directorate.

 Letters of nominations must be addressed to the Deputy Director: Arts & Culture, NMBM c/o 31 Park Drive, St. Georges Park, Centrahill, 6001. Closing date for written nominations of adjudicators is MONDAY, 15 NOVEMBER 2021. 

3.         CLOSING DATE

The closing date for proposals is MONDAY, 15 November 2021 at 12:00.

Should additional clarity be needed, please contact the NMBM:

Living Arts Manager, Vaughan Japhta:

Tell: 041 506 2729



Living Arts Intern: Beauty Ncube

Tell: 041 506 1035




  1. Application forms are available from the NMBM website at to ‘Document Library', Category: Forms), or click here to download the form.

  2. Complete proposals must be hand delivered and placed in the Proposals Box in the reception area at the office below: 
    Addressed to:
    Director: Arts, Culture, Libraries, Heritage and Museums
    Sport, Recreation and Culture Office
    St. George’s Park, 31 Park Drive, Port Elizabeth.

  3. No e-mailed or faxed applications will be accepted (instead these will be automatically rejected).  


The Arts Grant Application is at the end of its three-year cycle.

  • Applicant who have received grants in 2018/19/2020 financial years are excluded from this application.
  • Applications for the National Arts Festival 2022 will be considered during this call for submissions.


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