The Nelson Mandela Bay Business Chamber has pledged its support to the newly-appointed city manager Dr Lindiwe Msengana-Ndlela who assumed office last Friday.
Chamber CEO Kevin Hustler said: “We will support her endeavours to create a competitive and sustainable environment in the Nelson Mandela Bay metropole.
“We commend the city manager’s focus on values, and commit ourselves as an organisation to partner toward action, good governance, efficiency, empathy and collaboration.
“We second Dr Msengana-Ndlela’s belief that it is only through the concerted efforts of all stakeholders and social partners that Nelson Mandela Bay will realise its full potential as the economic engine of the Eastern Cape.”
Msengana-Ndlela was appointed amid growing concerns of the metro’s inability and inefficiency from political leaders and business who wanted the change of leadership of executive mayor Zanoxolo Wayile. This after the position of a city manager had been vacant for more than three years.
“We believe that the appointment of a permanent city manager brings much needed stability to the city and trust that the turnaround strategy of the Nelson Mandela Bay metro will become a critical priority.
“Dr Msengana-Ndlela should be commended for her steadfast focus on getting the basics right first, to establish a firm foundation on which to build for future achievement,” said Hustler.
He said organised business in Nelson Mandela Bay would support the city manager “from inspiration and conceptualisation, to inputs and implementation, and applauds her for her values-focused approach, supported by sustainable action through partnerships.”
On Monday this week, Msengana-Ndlela met with the stakeholders in the metro with the purpose of interacting with them ahead of her five-year tenure as city manager.
Msengana-Ndlela said: “I am not under any illusion that the challenges faced by the Nelson Mandela Bay municipality will just disappear now that I am here.
“Cooperation, collective leadership and a good work ethic will be the key factors.
“We need to collectively create a culture and values that will be reflective of who we are and what we want to be in future.”