Kleinskool/Bethelsdorp community meet to shape their planned multipurpose centre

Issued by Mandela Bay Development
Johannesburg, Apr 20, 2023
Bethelsdorp SAPS. NMBM MMC Cllr Bassie Kamana during the first public meeting to launch the Kleinskool MPC.

On Wednesday, 19 April, the community of Bethelsdorp/Kleinskool met the at the local South African Police Service station to discuss the shape, function and form of their soon-to-be developed multi-purpose centre. The project is one of two MPCs delegated to the MBDA by the Nelson Mandela Bay Municipality. The MPCs are each allocated R5.5 million budgeted in the 2022/2023 financial year, R7 million in 2023/2024 and R1 million in 2024/2025.

Speaking at the launch during a public and stakeholder engagement meeting, MMC Bassie Kamana reiterated the intentions of the city to build united communities, he said: “This day is the first step that is pregnant with possibilities for this community.

“We know that this project is in good hands and that is why the funds have been already transferred to the MBDA to make sure the project moves with speed, because service delivery cannot wait.”

Speaking on behalf of the MBDA, Board member Vuyani Dyantyi emphasised the importance of collaboration between the MBDA with Council in fast-tracking delivery across the metro. “The MBDA as an entity of the city is available and ready to deploy its project management capacity to aid quicker delivery. The agency has a credible track record with successive unqualified and clean audits from the Auditor General of South Africa.

“Today is about the application of what we call the MBDA Way, where citizens become the architects of their future. Through this process, the professionals will take cues from the people, coming from all walks of life. Through the MBDA Way, we make sure that every voice is heard, hence our team and consultants are here to listen.

“A similar public engagement took place in New Brighton on 15 March in Nangoza Jebe for the Ward 17 MPC. The projects are being implemented by the MBDA on behalf of the Sports, Recreation, Arts and Culture directorate of the NMBM. Public engagements are used by the MBDA to draw inputs and aspirations of communities before designs and construction begin to build sustainable buy-in and community ownership. The citizens get the opportunity to customise the MPC according to their pressing needs, now and into the future,” concluded Dyantyi.

Issued by MBDA spokesperson Luvuyo Bangazi.

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