Municipality wants to pull plug on Bay tourism agency


FED-UP with pumping millions of rands every year into the financially unsustainable Nelson Mandela Bay Tourism (NMBT) agency, the municipality wants to can the entity and take over marketing the city.

The move could be seen as a strong show of no confidence in the NMBT’s leadership, headed by the tourism board and chief executive Mandlakazi Skefile.

The metro’s head of economic development, tourism and agriculture, Anele Qaba, complained that the NMBT was fully reliant on funding from the municipality, of which about 90% was spent on operational expenses and only 10% on its core function of marketing the Bay.

Meanwhile, there are plans to merge the city’s two other entities – the Mandela Bay Development Agency (MBDA) and Uitenhage Despatch Development Initiative (UDDI) – to form one Economic Development Agency.

Qaba believes that these two agencies are performing the same tasks. – Rochelle de Kock

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