THE National African Federated Chamber of Commerce and Industry – Nelson Mandela Bay region (Nafcoc-NMB) would like to make it clear that it does not support the decision of Bhisho to administer the Nelson Mandela Bay Municipality.
Remember the last audit outcomes of the Eastern Cape local government revealed minimal improvement and general slow progress towards unqualified opinions (with findings or concerns).
The Bhisho administration was unable to manage the Mnquma Municipality as a small municipality and now it thinks it can take over a huge municipality such as the metro. The only thing that should happen here is for the provincial executive committee to take charge on deciding who should step aside between City Hall and Florence Matomela House.
Just the idea of Cooperative Governance Minister Richard Baloyi taking over this metro means the death of the main economic city of the province. That administration will milk this province dry.
The ratepayers' association and the business community in this metro cannot allow this situation and it's now time we are given the space to rule in this metro.
We do not need Bhisho to run it and decide for us.
This metro is only failing because of poor municipal administration where deployees do not want to account to regional orders and stakeholders.
Should this metro be taken over by Bhisho, we will make it ungovernable and we will stop at nothing until the stakeholders are fully engaged on this matter. Baloyi and MEC Mlibo Qoboshiyane must step aside and let us take full control of our municipality.
Their role must just be to make sure that City Hall incorporates us all or they also must step aside. It is high time we speak out so that those in municipal administration remember we are the voters, not the other way around.
Unathi Sonti, Nafcoc Nelson Mandela Bay secretary general