THE Nelson Mandela Bay Municipality has set the ball rolling to ensure next year's Splash Festival is a success.
The popular annual Easter weekend festival has been a mainstay on the Bay's calendar for more than two decades.
Bad weather and a last- minute scramble to appoint a service provider resulted in a watered-down version of the festival this year.
But there had been other complaints about the festival in the previous couple of years.
Municipal officials are now trying to ensure a service provider is appointed well ahead of next year's festival.
Municipal events director Seki Mandaba told the sport, recreation, arts and cultural services portfolio committee yesterday several applications had been received after tender advertisements went out in July.
"At the end of the year we will have a service provider for the Splash Festival.
"When we have appointed an event organiser, we will come and make a presentation," Mandaba said.
Councillors applauded her for not waiting until next year to appoint a service provider.
DA councillor Andrew Whitfield said: "You are really setting a good example."
ANC councillor Xola Sabani said: "I have been with this committee since 2006 and we have been saying projects must be time-dedicated. We appreciate what you have done."