The man who brought the World Cup to South Africa, the man who has dined and lunched with kings, queens and heads of state, the man who is an internationally-renowned figure, Dr Danny Jordaan, was today unanimously elected as the Executive Mayor of Nelson Mandela Bay, one of the country’s eight metropolitan municipalities.
Along with Dr Jordaan, Bicks Ndoni was elected unopposed as the Deputy Executive Mayor, and Litho Suka as the Chief Whip, at a Special Council meeting held at the Nangoza Jebe Community Hall in New Brighton, Nelson Mandela Bay, in the presence of thousands of joyous supporters and members of the community, in addition to Ministers Pravin Gordhan (COGTA), Nomvula Mokonyane (Water & Sanitation), and Nosiviwe Mapisa Nqakula (Defence), Deputy Ministers Zoe Kota (Human Settlements) and Pam Tshwete (Water and Sanitation), National Parliament’s Chief Whip Stone Sizani and House Chairperson Cedric Frolick, COGTA MEC Fikile Xasa, Members of Parliament (MPs) and the Provincial Legislature (MPLs), members of the African National Congress’s National Executive Committee (NEC), including National Spokesperson Zizi Kodwa, and Provincial Executive Commitee (PEC), including Provincial Treasurer Oscar Mabuyane, former Executive Mayors Nceba Faku and Benson Fihla, representatives of business, labour, the religious fraternity, sporting associations, NGOs, CBOs, and the respective families of Jordaan, Ndoni and Suka.
Addressing the Council meeting and the community, Mayor Jordaan said that he was “humbled at the immeasurable honour” and regarded himself as a “son of this city in every sense of the word.”
“I spent my formative years here, my first encounter with discrimination was here, I fought oppression here, I watched my high school bulldozed here, I met and married my wife here, raised a family here, I played and promoted non-racial sport here – this city is a part of me.”
Addressing a media conference later, Mayor Jordaan, Deputy Mayor Ndoni, Chief Whip Suka and Council Speaker Maria Hermaans emphasised that the new political leadership would leave no stone unturned in restoring pride to the city, decisively deal with all challenges, and get the necessary assistance, support and interventions from National and Provincial Government, in particular COGTA.
Deputy Mayor Ndoni echoed the sentiments of Mayor Jordaan by saying that they will ensure that they visited every community to engage with them and have a hands-on approach to the monitoring of service delivery.
Opposition parties were not present at the Council meeting.