OFFICE OF THE CITY MANAGER
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Secretary: Ms Tika Shabudien
STATEMENT FROM NMBM CITY MANAGER
My name is Mpilo Mbambisa.
I have been appointed as the City Manager of the esteemed institution of the Nelson Mandela Bay Municipality (NMBM). I am humbled by the appointment. I look forward to working with the Executive Mayor, Mayoral Committee, all Councillors and staff of the NMBM to speed up service delivery, ensure service excellence in all our operations, drive economic growth, trade and investment, put people first (Batho Pele), and together build better communities.
A little about myself...
We are originally from the Gubevu village on the outskirts of Mthatha. I grew up in the Ngqeleni area, where I went to primary school and completed high school at St Johns College in Mthatha. I hold a BSc degree, BSc Engineering, Post Graduate Diploma in Business Management, along with other tertiary qualifications, and have worked in local governance in various capacities for more than 10 years. I speak, read and write English, isiXhosa and isiZulu and have a fair understanding of Afrikaans. I have six siblings (one, sadly, passed away), three sisters and three brothers. I am happily married to Khanyi and have two wonderful (and sometimes naughty!) boys, Mvelase who is 15 in Grade 9 and Emihle who is 13 in Grade 7. I enjoy playing squash (although I haven’t picked up a racquet in a while), table tennis , enjoy travelling and camping. In the last June/July holidays my family and I enjoyed a lovely holiday in New York, Los Angeles and Washing DC. I support Kaizer Chiefs (Amakhosi for life!). I enjoy meeting and interacting with people and new experiences.
My role here...
As you all know, the role, duties and responsibilities of a City Manager are legislated in the various Acts and regulations as published and gazetted by our government. I have been seconded here by the Eastern Cape Provincial Government to work TOGETHER with the Executive Mayor, Mayoral Committee, all Councillors and all staff to make Nelson Mandela Bay a city of service excellence and community development. I strongly believe in teamwork, I am outcomes/results-focused, and am serious about my work, efficiency and effectiveness.
The Integrated Development Plan (IDP) spells out our developmental priorities and action plans, our budget provides the resources required to implement these plans and deliver on our vision, mission and objectives. Together, with the Mayoral Committee, all Councillors and staff we must ensure that we deliver. Rather than frustrate us, our systems and processes must enable us to speed up service delivery at a level of supreme excellence.
I am pragmatic and am more than prepared to listen to all inputs and look forward to our engagement on our common goals and objectives, i.e. the building together of our communities.
Together with the Executive Mayor and Mayoral Committee, and in terms of the IDP, SDBIP and Budget, inter alia, we have identified the priorities of formulating a process plan for the appointment of a City Manager, democratic and participative reviewing of the IDP and Budget, the filling of vacancies especially those of the senior management team, the establishment of Ward Committees, and analysis and development of the institutional framework. The MOST important priority, however, is our commitment, vocation and duty to the people of Nelson Mandela Bay: to deliver services excellently, efficiently and effectively.
And on that score, I pledge to work closely and together with all of you - remember a chain is only as strong as its weakest link.
I thank you in advance for your cooperation, support and constructive engagement and look forward to delivering on our developmental agenda with you.
Together, let’s build better communities!
NELSON MANDELA BAY MUNICIPALITY