PE church leaders meet with mayor

At a meeting in the Nelson Mandela City Hall this morning, are, from the left, Mayor Mongameli Bobani, Deputy Mayor Thsonono Buyeye, Bishop Mvusi Gwam (Kingdom Embassy Ethiopian Episcopal) and Bishop Jacob Freemantle (Methodist).

A delegation of senior Port Elizabeth church leaders met with Nelson Mandela Bay mayor Mongameli Bobani and members of his leadership team in the mayor’s office this morning.

Items discussed during the two and a half hours indaba were organisational stability, corporate governance, disruption of local council meetings, service delivery, the formation of a joint team to tackle corruption in Nelson Mandela Bay, the rolling out of the Nehemiah Project (a ward-based city transformation project), direct telephone access to the mayoral team, and the way forward via joint quarterly meetings, according to a post on the Transformation Christian Network Facebook page.

Neville Goldman (Ebenezer International), Nombeko Nkomana( NMBay Municipality chief of staff), Buyelwa Mafaya (NMB speaker), Mongameli Bobani (mayor) and Thsonono Buyeye (deputy mayor).

The meeting was “exceptionally forthright and constructive”, say the church leaders, who have, in recent years resolved to keep elected leaders accountable, while also contributing to socio-economic development of the metro. City hall power struggles that have hindered service delivery to poor communities have been of great concern to church leaders.

A joint press release on this morning’s meeting is expected next week.

Bishop Mvusi Gwam, Bishop Jacob Freemantle and Ds Danie Mouton (Dutch Reformed Church).

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