Bobani 'reopens' Uitenhage mayoral office

17:16 (GMT+2) Tue, 27 Nov 2018

Nelson Mandela Bay Executive Mayor, Mongameli Bobani, said that he 're-opened' the Uitenhage mayoral office in a bid to bring services closer to residents.

Speaking at a function in the Uitenhage Town Hall on Tuesday, Bobani said that he would also ensure that there was a "capable official occupying the office on a daily basis" while also promising to visit Uitenhage two to three times a week.

He added that the acting city manager, Peter Neilson, or a representative will also be stationed at the Uitenhage Town Hall.

"We are here to ensure that we are bringing the services to the people of Uitenhage," he told Algoa FM News.

Mayor Bobani also said that the mayoral office in Despatch would be opened to enable residents of the town to "receive the same treatment as Uitenhage and PE".

Municipal officials, however, could not say when or why the Uitenhage office was closed, requiring it to be 'reopened".  

Former mayor, Athol Trollip tweeted that the, if the office is being reopened, it is because it has been closed since 27 August 2018 when the DA and its coalition partners were ousted.