by Courtesy: Nelson Mandela Bay Municipality

New manager for Nelson Mandela Bay

Msengana-Ndlela's not wasting any time

Dr Lindiwe Msengana-Ndlela is an experienced administrator who brings to the NMBMM a wealth of experience on administration and management systems in the public sector.

Newly appointed Nelson Mandela Bay city manager, Dr Lindiwe Msengana-Ndlela, has called for a work ethic of selflessness and dedication from municipal management, general employees and the political leadership so as to take the city to its rightful place within the economy of the country.   

On her first day in office, Msengana-Ndlela did not waste any time: she held meetings with the ANC regional executive committee, multiparty whips, municipal executive directors and union leadership and the media. 

She also held a meeting with stakeholders in business, the religious fraternity, non-governmental organisations and gender-based organisations.  

“I am not under any illusion that the challenges faced by the Nelson Mandela Bay Municipality will just disappear now that I am here.

"Co-operation, collective leadership and a good work ethic will be the key factors. We need to collectively create a culture and values which will be reflective of who we are and what we want to be in the future,” Msengana-Ndlela said.

She said metropolitan cities were an important part of the country’s economy. 

The Eastern Cape is one of the poorest provinces in the country, with high levels of unemployment. 

Nelson Mandela Bay is the economic hub of the province, with its vibrant and long-established automobile industry and the Coega Industrial Development Zone located just outside the city.

“We have a task as a collective to work with speed in bringing normality to this institution. We need to set ourselves goals, over the short, medium and long term.

"Local government is about service to the people and requires commitment from all of us, whether as managers, politicians or employees of the municipality,” she said.

Msengana-Ndlela confirmed they have had positive interaction with unions and opposition parties, which shows that all of them share a common goal of making the city benefit ratepayers and citizens.

Executive mayor, Zanoxolo Wayile, said the appointment of the city manager was a historic moment.  

“The journey has been painful and long, with many challenges. We remained focused, because we know that it was never about us: it has always been about the people who have trust in us,” Wayile said.

Her immediate goal is the filling of the vacant executive directors positions and more streamlined interactions with directorates and sub-directorates to understand the current state of affairs in each section. 

However, she added that she would not spend her days in endless meetings, as there was much work to be done.

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