New Nelson Mandela Bay mayor talks service delivery

Nelson Mandela Bay Metro has a new mayor. In the early hours of this morning, the DA's Retief Odendaal beat out the ANC's Wandisile Jikeka by 60 to 59 votes. He spoke with eNCA's Thulasizwe Simelane. Courtesy of #DStv403

NELSON MANDELA BAY - Nelson Mandela Bay's new mayor says that work in the metro has already started less than a day after his election.

The Democratic Alliance's Retief Odendaal took the mayoral chains from the ANC's Eugene Johnson after a vote of no confidence on Wednesday.

READ: Nelson Mandela Bay elects new mayor 

Odendaal says that it is clear that the municipality has stopped functioning, and the new coalition government in the city is finalising a turnaround plan.

He said, "the top priorities include the fact that we are sitting with a drought crisis. One of the worst drought crisises on record and there has been a direct intervention by national government to assist Nelson Mandela Bay whose dams are currently only standing at 18-percent."

"However that intervention by the department of water affairs seemed to have failed because they have not seconded a single official to come and assist Nelson Mandela Bay in this drought crisis."

"So I'm going to directly intervene and have a discussion with the minister to see how we can get human resources to assist the municipality. I also want to refer us to a housing crisis that we have in Nelson Mandela Bay."

"We've got [an] 110,000 unit backlog in housing delivery but the ANC government has failed to deliver any houses and by end of June this financial year they've only built 28 houses. Coupled with that the fact that we have basically no service delivery and all service delivery in our service delivery directorates have come to a grinding halt."

"We've seen that there's 20,000 potholes in Nelson Mandela Bay. We've seen that there's 10,000 streetlights that's out. 5,500 sewerage blockages. It becomes very clear that the city has not been functioning."

"So we've not collated those reports. I've requested all of those reports and we'll try and put interventions in place to try get service delivery moving."


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