Tensions have been high in Nelson Mandela Bay over the past few weeks because of unhappiness with the African National Congress (ANC) candidate lists in certain wards.
There was, however, no evidence of this on Saturday when the ANC’s Fikile Mbalula, Minister Pravin Gordhan and Mayoral candidate Danny Jordaan went door-to-door ahead of the August the 3rd poll.
They received a warm welcome from the people of New Brighton.
Volunteers gathered early, setting an upbeat mood for the door-to-door campaign.
The Metro has seen significant changes over the past 12 months under Mayor Danny Jordaan.
Foreign investment and housing are two top priorities.
ANC Head of Organisation, Fikile Mbalula, says, “People here have a number of issues, but they do appreciate what the government has done in Nelson Mandela. A lot still needs to be done. We can only achieve a lot if we work together with communities on issues like electricity, title deeds for our people; our people need to own their own properties.”
The Metro has already handed over 7 000 title deeds with more to come.
Multi-billion rand foreign investment deals will be announced shortly according to Jordaan.
Finance Minister Pravin Gordhan says, “The clear path he has for improving the city’s infrastructure; creating better conditions for business and jobs and housing development in the city. We believe in a five-year period Danny Jordan and his team will take the city to a new level.”
Despite the changes, the needs of the people are still very real and they have made them known.
With the election just weeks away, campaigning in the metro is stepping up a gear.
Jordaan says, “It’s a marathon and you don’t start with a sprint; you start with a sprint at the end. This is what we are doing.”
The ANC and the Democratic Alliance (DA) are both confident they have what it takes to win the Metro.
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