By Athol Trollip, DA Mayoral Candidate: Nelson Mandela Bay:
Nelson Mandela Bay is descending into increasingly violent protests by desperate residents who have been neglected by the ANC.
The people of Nelson Mandela Bay have become the victims of an ANC government of broken promises with the incumbent Mayor, Danny Jordaan, having simply picked up where his deposed predecessors broken promises have left off.
Protests in the past 24 hours in Missionvale and surrounding areas confirm the desperate need for a new government with a new vision for our Metro. People in Nelson Mandela Bay are angry and frustrated at being left behind, and being neglected.
Last week, I presented the DA’s plan for our first 100 days in office, in contrast to Danny Jordaan’s failed attempt to turn Nelson Mandela Bay around. The people of Missionvale protesting for better service delivery reveals exactly why this ANC government must go, and a new vision for Nelson Mandela Bay must be delivered.
Housing protests are now a monthly occurrence here, with residents from Walmer, Missionvale and Motherwell regularly forced to take extreme measures to get attention to their plight. Our people are being left behind, and are being overlooked by this part-time administration.
With a waiting list of 38 000 housing units and a further 40 000 units identified for rectification, people in Nelson Mandela Bay have every right to be upset with this ANC government. Plans to only build 1293 housing units this financial year are entirely insufficient, inadequate and unfair. The vision for a better Nelson Mandela Bay can clearly not be delivered by the current government.
The Metro needs a new government with a new vision, where housing is delivered in a well-coordinated and ordered manner, unlike the projects seen by the DA last week in Daleview and Missionvale. The DA’s turnaround plan to put a stop to failed RDP projects is as follows:
- Immediate forensic audits on all supply chain anomalies and immediate prosecution of any official found to be side-stepping due process.
- Contractor and SMME screening to guarantee qualifications, capabilities and competence and prevent unsuitable contractors getting tenders.
- Zero-tolerance to political interference or political interference.
- Immediately ban government officials from doing business with the NMB government.
- Working according to strict standard operating procedures with the Provincial Government, and National Department, to ensure no deviations and no withholding of housing funds.
At 11am on the 12th September 2015, the DA will launch our campaign and will propose a vision to see Nelson Mandela Bay returned to a glorious Metro of delivery and rising opportunity.
The DA is set on winning Nelson Mandela Bay at next year’s elections to restore service delivery and to improve the lives of all residents who can and should live in a well-run city.