PORT ELIZABETH - Nelson Mandela Bay Municipality Mayor Mongameli Bobani has vowed to be proactive in service delivery in a bid to ward off protests by disaffected communities.
In a statement, Bobani said he was determined to stay ahead of the curve to address community issues.
Speaking to officials and community stakeholders at the Uitenhage Town Hall on the first day of the new financial year on Monday, Bobani said: "Staying ahead of the curve to proactively deal with ward-based service delivery concerns is a must to ensure that communities have no need to resort to protests to have their needs met."
He hailed the metro's budget as progressively pro-poor, saying 91% of the Nelson Mandela Bay Municipality’s Capital Budget has been allocated for infrastructure development and improvements in poorer wards.
"I plan a meeting with all Ward Councillors of Uitenhage and Despatch next week to discuss their budget allocations and ensuring that their constituencies are engaged and informed of what projects and developments are coming their way.