DA secures Nelson Mandela Bay metro
Sat, 06 Aug 2016 09:12:29
The Nelson Mandela Bay Metropolitan Municipality has undoubtedly been the most contested municipality in the 2016 Local Government Elections.
Located in the Eastern Cape, the Port Elizabeth municipality has been a battle ground for political parties and was the first metro result to be finalised.
The economic activity in the metro is driven by a seaport and automotive manufacturing. The municipality also has a Coega Industrial Development, a multibillion-dollar industrial development complex customized for heavy, medium and light industries.
Despite the city presenting economic opportunities for a maritime sector with two ports, the Port Elizabeth Harbour and Ngqura Harbour, unemployment remains a challenge in the municipality.
With a population size of 1.2 million, the metro’s unemployment rate is sitting at 36.6%. The youth unemployment rate is even higher at almost 50%. Only 2.7% of the population of the population has completed a tertiary education. Fifteen percent of the population has completed a secondary education.
In 2015 former soccer boss Danny Jordaan was elected by the African National Congress (ANC) national leadership as an Executive Mayor and sworn in July 2015. He took over from Nkosinathi Benson Fihla who was asked to resign by the ANC leadership in May 2015.
This is after the disbandment of the ANC regional executive committee in 2014 following concerns including instability and political squabbles in the region.
Officials in the municipality, including the mayor, Zukiswa Ncita her deputy, Temba Tinta and the Speaker, Luleka Simon-Ndzele were arrested in 2014 and charged with fraud and money-laundering by the East London Regional Court.
The Democratic Alliance leads the metro with 46.71% of votes and 57 out of a total of 150 seats. The ANC holds 50 seats on the metro council, and the EFF 6.