Metro: stop fraud, create jobs and bolster tourism

2016-10-06 06:00

The DA-led coalition government in charge of running the affairs of the Nelson Mandela Bay Municipality has a multi-pillared approach to deliver services.

This is according to councillor Retief Odendaal, MMC for Budget and Treasury, who during an IDP and Public Participation meeting said they would firstly like to stop fraud and corruption.

“An operational fraud and corruption hotline, manned and managed by a professional entity will be launched soon and the capacitating of the municipality’s Internal Audit Unit will receive urgent attention,” said Odendaal.

“We need to create jobs. Nelson Mandela Bay currently contributes 44% to the Gross Domestic Product of the Eastern Cape Province. We would like to improve this contribution beyond 50% over the next couple of years.

“It is imperative that we create an enabling environment for businesses to thrive to ensure the creation of more opportunities that we can benefit from.

“We need to bolster the tourism industry, especially local tourism. In addition to all of this we would like to build a caring city by turning informal settlements or townships into suburbs. All areas must be treated equally and it is my task to identify money to make sure it happens,” said Odendaal.

With the meeting held at the Woolboard Exchange, representatives from various sectors such as business, arts and culture, government parastatals and civil society attended the IDP session to give their input on how the city must be managed.

Kevin Hustler, Chief Executive Officer of the Nelson Mandela Bay Business Chamber, said the filling of critical vacancies both at a technical and managerial level should receive attention and said if infrastructure issues are dealt with businesses will find it more viable to remain in the city.

Hustler further committed to formal submissions on behalf of the business sector regarding the Integrated Development Plan and the city’s Adjustment Budget.

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