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Old June 19th, 2017, 02:16 PM   #681
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Patriotic Alliance joins Nelson Mandela Bay governing coalition

The Patriotic Alliance (PA) has signed up as a coalition partner in Nelson Mandela Bay‚ a letter by mayor Athol Trollip has revealed.

In the letter‚ sent to DA leader Mmusi Maimane and leader of the federal executive James Selfe on Thursday‚ Trollip said he plans to appoint PA councillor Marlon Daniels to his mayoral committee.

The revelation comes as the DA’s relationship with the UDM — particularly deputy mayor Mongameli Bobani — has become increasingly volatile‚ resulting in the coalition government losing critical debates and council resolutions.

Trollip wrote that the PA was as determined as the DA and its other coalition partners‚ COPE and the ACDP‚ to prevent the city from falling back into the hands of the ANC.

"They (the PA) have also said that they cannot and will not sit and watch the other opposition mobilising and uniting around race in order to make decisions on the fate of the citizens‚ especially poor citizens, regarding service delivery and good governance issues‚" Trollip wrote.

https://www.businesslive.co.za/bd/po...ing-coalition/
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Old July 5th, 2017, 01:33 PM   #682
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guys is there not much happening in terms of development in PE? we rarely hear anything anymore
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Old July 5th, 2017, 03:10 PM   #683
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Most if anything related to industrial / factory stuff, and the odd housing development/ estate.

Atholl Trollip is doing a very good job of generally cleaning up the finances and streamlining the services of the metro, and I think it has been mentioned that he wants to align PE as a high tech manufacturing hub and centre for technical excellence/learning through NMB Uni too ( which has a pretty nice campus if you look at it from Google Maps !)

- anyways, I will trawl for any new commercial builds, but there aren't any, but to be honest, the old CBD parts just need refurbishment, and a solid lick of paint, and the pedestrianized roads and arcades need better signage and shopfronts to make it less Lagos-by-the-sea. The true horror is that elevated highway - its an abomination!

Once more things ( oil tanks, and the manganese terminal are moved to Ngqura/Coega, then the property development will take off in ernest around the back end and western part of the harbour, nicknamed the "Peoples Waterfront"

Plans imagined and pictured are probably way outdated and we cant expect anything for at least another 10 years:
Port-_Elizabeth-waterfront-development-20090506_4 by mork Teskerton, on Flickr

https://ports.co.za/news/news_2016_09_06_01.php

There's also the improvements to Donkin Reserve on the hill behind the CBD, inclusing this downhill luge corse

1000 by mork Teskerton, on Flickr

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Old July 5th, 2017, 05:13 PM   #684
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Calgary, Canada and Perth, Australia were boring provincial towns for decades before they exploded during the natural resource boom. PE is of similar size and importance to SA - and really needs a manufacturing boom. It's hard to believe this is a metro of 1 million when you see the tiny CBD. Great weather, great port location, plenty of nearby tourism opportunities, a large pool of labour (7 million people in EC!). Lack of development in PE is entirely due to mass incompetence and corruption.
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Old July 5th, 2017, 05:42 PM   #685
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which should hopefully be reversed as the DA led Metro becomes more efficient and attractive, though sadly at the same time is very susceptible to the lack of confidence that BIG manufacturing from overseas investors need - courteously of National Govt incompetence.
Seems BRICS nations have invested a bit, and who knows, maybe in the new world order to come through a well oiled BRICS system, PE will in fact thrive again.

Also, there's quite a few nice period buildings in the CBD, and some ugly brutalist groundscrapers, but its certainly not horrible.

Sink the highway, develop the harbour, build something attractive, and instead of PE being the fly out point for foreigners after they've done the Garden Route, it will in fact become a great node to stay an extra few days, see Addo, fish, surf, paddle, walk etc in the nearby areas too

PS: - on a semi related point, I wish the Southern Kings weren't being cut loose of the Super Rugby system, because they have been a great, tenacious team this year, and they are unearthing some great black talent too.
Its always a great way to build and bind a city's emotional and communal context through sport, so this is a pity
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Old July 6th, 2017, 06:18 PM   #686
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Transnet just opened "eMendi" - their brand new operations base at Port of Ngqura.
Very snazzy building pictured in the link:

http://www.engineeringnews.co.za/art...ura-2017-06-27
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Nelson Mandela Bay municipality is in good shape

Nelson Mandela Bay municipality’s financial position is now the most stable it has been in almost a decade, the city said yesterday. The new coalition government in Nelson Mandela Bay had recorded capital spending of 93 percent in the 2016/17 financial year - the highest spend since before the 2010 Soccer World Cup.

“Paired with a collection rate of 93.7percent, the municipality’s financial position is now the most stable it’s been in almost a decade. Infrastructure-led growth is crucial to ensure that Nelson Mandela Bay is a well run city. By spending our capital budget, the municipality is working to advance communities and drive economic growth through development,” the city said.

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Old July 31st, 2017, 05:38 PM   #688
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Athol is cleaning up good!!!
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Anyone know what happened to the EC population estimates? Previous stats showed it was at around 6.9 million and well ahead of Western Cape, but now WC seems to have overtaken it:

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Once more things ( oil tanks, and the manganese terminal are moved to Ngqura/Coega, then the property development will take off in ernest around the back end and western part of the harbour, nicknamed the "Peoples Waterfront"

Plans imagined and pictured are probably way outdated and we cant expect anything for at least another 10 years:
Port-_Elizabeth-waterfront-development-20090506_4 by mork Teskerton, on Flickr

https://ports.co.za/news/news_2016_09_06_01.php

Dear Resident,

At a meeting held today at City Hall, Transnet Group Chief Executive, Siyabonga Gama, and myself committed to working together to boost investment, grow the economy and streamline transversal operations.

We had, in our midst, senior Transnet managers, the City Manager, Mayoral Committee Members for Human Settlements, Economic Development and Finance and executive directors.

In the interest of cooperative governance and efficiency, we resolved to establish a Port City Coordinating Forum made up of representatives from NMBM and Transnet, which would meet regularly to identify solutions to challenges before they become obstructive.

I have expressed my full support for Transnet’s commitment to continue investing in Nelson Mandela Bay. The Municipality is also embarking on a mission to get the City moving forward again. Clean governance, efficient service delivery and infrastructure maintenance are some of our primary focuses.

Mr Gama revealed that the new bulk storage tank farm would be commissioned at the Port of Ngqura in 2019, followed by the manganese ore dumps in 2023. Thereafter, construction of a waterfront precinct will begin.

Transnet is currently undertaking pre-feasibility studies, land planning and scoping so that comprehensive construction plans are in place well in advance.

The City also committed to looking into Mr Gama’s request for a fire station nearer the port, improved public transport to the IDZ and increased policing along Strand Street.

Furthermore, Mr Gama said plans were underway to ensure the success of the company’s major infrastructure projects in the area. These include the relocation of the oil tank farm and manganese ore terminal.

We have agreed with Mr Gama on the importance of ongoing stakeholder engagement and strategic investment that guarantees returns.

Working side by side, both Transnet and the Nelson Mandela Bay Municipality can deliver on their mandates to take this City to new heights.

One City One Future.

Your Mayor,
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New Eastern Cape business centre to boost township economy

Local emerging businesses and aspiring business people from the Veeplaas community in the Eastern Cape have been granted an opportunity to boost the local township economy following the opening of a local Business Centre by the Nelson Mandela Bay municipality.

Nelson Mandela Bay Mayor Athol Trollip officially opened the Veeplaas Business Hive on Tuesday to assist local businesses from the Veeplaas community and the surrounding areas.

According to a statement, the opening comes after 20 years of waiting by the Veeplaas community and aspiring entrepreneurs hoping to make a difference in the township economy.

The business hive is the first of its kind in the township and joins the main branch, situated in Kwantu Towers, on Vuyisile Mini Square.

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