Save our city! NMB Business Chamber’s plea to Ramaphosa

17 June 2020 | Web Article Number: ME202019359

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The Nelson Mandela Bay Business Chamber has appealed to President Cyril Ramaphosa to step in to stabilise the city’s administration and stem the tide of job losses in the city.

The Nelson Mandela Bay Metro (NMBM) has been without a full-time mayor for more than six months since the removal of previous mayor Mongameli Bobani through a motion of no confidence last December.

“As organized business, we wish to voice our dissatisfaction with the prolonged dysfunctional state of the NMBM,” the chamber said in an open letter to Ramaphosa on Monday.

The President had “an obligation to ensure that NMBM fulfils its executive obligations to avoid unlawful processes and ill-time judicial, provincial and/or national intervention in the affairs of this municipality, given that it has already been identified as a COVID19 hotspot,” the chamber said.

It added that it wished through the letter to impress upon the president “the direness of the situation and its legal, health, and socio-economic implications for NMB; should its Council fail to attend to the filling of the vacancy of Executive Mayor and the legitimate tabling of the 2020/21 Budget”.

The chamber pointed out that its member companies employ over 100,000 people, and had been deeply concerned for some time about the state of the Nelson Mandela Metropolitan Municipality and its failure to provide an enabling environment in which business can operate.

“Given the dysfunctional state of the Municipality, overlaid with the COVID-19 crisis, we believe that urgent actions are required to prevent any further losses of jobs and investment in our local economy,” the chamber said.

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