(in the Pic - President Zuma flanked by Eastern Cape premier Noxolo Kieviets and Executive Mayor Benson Fihla at the start of the session with Sector representatives comprising business delegations, community and cultural groups.) President Jacob Zuma visits Port Elizabeth monitoring the performance of the Nelson Mandela Bay municipality with regards to governance and administration. The President runs the Siyahlola Presidential Monitoring Programme through which he assesses the performance of governance at national, provincial and local levels. in 2013, the national government began providing support to the Nelson Mandela Bay municipality to improve governance systems. 15/04/2014, Elmond Jiyane, GCIS Photo Studio, Port Elizabeth, Eastern Cape

Port Elizabeth - President Jacob Zuma assured the Nelson Mandela Bay municipality that government would continue to provide hands-on support in order to improve governance, the presidency said on Tuesday.

“Nelson Mandela Bay has a long history of turning adversity into success,” Zuma was quoted as saying.

“The city has also done well over the years in rolling out universal access to basic services. We will work closely with the province and the city to help strengthen governance and put Nelson Mandela Bay on a better footing.”

Zuma, accompanied by seven ministers and deputy ministers, visited Port Elizabeth in the Eastern Cape on Tuesday to assess progress made.

The president underlined the support initiative led by Finance Minister Pravin Gordhan and Co-operative Governance Minister Lechesa Tsenoli.

The intervention entailed a set of short-term support measures agreed to in August last year, the presidency said.

There were seven work-streams: institutional arrangements; financial management; capital project management (infrastructure); governance, administration, forensic investigation and internal audit; strategic planning, local economic development and performance management; security management, and legal and litigations.

The presidency said progress had been made in all these areas from January this year.

“I am very pleased that despite challenges, the city remains resilient and capable of resolving its current governance and administration trap,” said Zuma.

“The city already has some positive and encouraging developments such as the willingness of the business and civil society organisations to work with the municipality to effect change and improve the performance of the city.”