‘Un­der­per­form­ing’ MBDA board must go, says Lungisa

The Herald (South Africa) - - Front Page - No­maz­ima Nkosi nkosino@ti­soblack­star.co.za

The Man­dela Bay De­vel­op­ment Agency is un­der­per­form­ing and its board must there­fore be changed, may­oral com­mit­tee mem­ber Andile Lungisa said.

He dropped the bomb­shell at a may­oral com­mit­tee meet­ing on Thurs­day, to the sur­prise of all the se­nior man­agers.

He was backed up by mayor Mongameli Bobani, who said they were a new govern­ment and “ev­ery­thing must change”.

While dis­cussing an agenda item on in­ner city de­vel­op­ment, Lungisa sug­gested a rec­om­men­da­tion be added that the agency’s board should be re­con­fig­ured.

But act­ing city boss Nox­olo Nqwazi pro­posed that the eco­nomic de­vel­op­ment depart­ment, which over­sees the agency, rather sub­mit a full re­port on the mu­nic­i­pal­ity’s over­sight of the en­tity.

“Any other pro­pos­als with re­gard to the board can come through that item,” Nqwazi said, with the agree­ment of the may­oral com­mit­tee mem­bers.

Bobani said they would def­i­nitely change the board.

“It’s nor­mal that when a new govern­ment takes over and there’s a new col­lec­tive govern­ment, ev­ery­thing must change,” he said.

“I still re­mem­ber when the other govern­ment was tak­ing over, they changed ev­ery­thing.”

How­ever, when the DA, COPE, ACDP and UDM took over af­ter the 2016 lo­cal govern­ment elec­tions, the board was left un­changed.

Af­ter the meet­ing, Lungisa said he wanted the board changed to en­sure all de­vel­op­ments in the city were aligned to the vi­sion of the new po­lit­i­cal lead­er­ship.

He said that un­der­per­for­mance was cou­pled with their rea­sons for want­ing a change.

“The board is not per­form­ing. We’ve re­ceived pre­sen­ta­tions, we’ve re­ceived re­ports from the MBDA.

“We want to en­hance ca­pac­ity, in­fuse new en­ergy and do things with a sense of ur­gency.”

The agency, which is gov­erned un­der the Com­pa­nies Act, is run by a board of di­rec­tors as well as mem­bers of the Bay coun­cil and mu­nic­i­pal of­fi­cials who are called share­holder rep­re­sen­ta­tives. To re­move the board, the share­holder rep­re­sen­ta­tives need to give valid rea­sons, such as un­der­per­for­mance, and put it to a vote.

There­after, an an­nual gen­eral meet­ing would have to be held to com­mu­ni­cate the de­ci­sion to the board mem­bers.

This would ul­ti­mately have to be rat­i­fied by the coun­cil.

The agency’s spokesper­son, Lu­vuyo Bangazi, said: “The ap­point­ment of di­rec­tors to the board of the MBDA is the sole prerog­a­tive of the [metro] through coun­cil pro­cesses.

“The [coun­cil] be­ing the sole ‘share­holder’ has no obli­ga­tion to con­sult the MBDA on di­rec­tor ap­point­ments.

“Other than that, we have no fur­ther com­ment.”

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