Mandela Bay Development Agency
Renew • Revive • Inspire
who we are
The Mandela Bay Development Agency (MBDA), established in 2003 by the Nelson Mandela Bay Municipality (NMBM), with support of the Industrial Development Corporation (IDC), is a special purpose development company which has become the driving force behind urban regeneration in Nelson Mandela Bay. The Agency operates under a Mandate in terms of its articles of association and service delivery agreement with the NMBM. While the MBDA falls under the local authority, it operates as a separate entity but works closely with the relevant Municipal Directorates.
Our aim is to project-manage regeneration of the Port Elizabeth CBD with a view to promoting economic and tourism development against the backdrop of urban renewal. The MBDA’s mandate area has steadily increased over the past several years, extending from the inner city to the port area and King’s Beach, to the NMB Stadium precinct, township areas and Uitenhage. The core focus remains to transform urban places – and publicly-funded improvements are having the desired effect in stimulating private sector investment. But, for the work done thus far to be taken to its logical conclusion, it now needs to culminate in large-scale capital projects undertaken collaboratively by the private and public sectors.
In a global and local environment of both political uncertainty and economic instability, the MBDA continues to hold fast to its core principle of delivering on catalytic projects from visionary concept through to effective implementation. There is no doubt that the face of Nelson Mandela Bay has changed dramatically in recent years. The development agenda underlying this visible transformation is very clear and informs all the work of the MBDA – to deliver catalytic projects that make a positive economic and social impact; making the urban heart of the city an attractive place to live, work, play, and invest. The MBDA has proven its value in developing vision and strategy, and taking this through to completion of sustainable projects that spur public confidence and investment in previously neglected and under-utilised spaces.
The establishment of world-class, well-managed, sustainable and vibrant urban places in Nelson Mandela Bay.
To revitalise and promote designated, sustainable urban places, in partnership with the NMBM, to the benefit of the whole community.
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