Safe City

Smart City

Connected City

Clean City

12 Active Months

Welcome to

Project Nelson Mandela Bay

Project Nelson Mandela Bay is a private “good citizen” initiative with the objective of making Nelson Mandela Bay “The greatest City in South Africa”. The initiative is being coordinated in conjunction with the local business and civil society community.

So who are we?
We define ourselves as:

  • Passionate and Motivated Citizens
  • Catalysts for positive change
  • A-Political Agitators
  • Connectors
  • Change Instigators
  • Lobbyists
  • Project Initiators
  • Think Tank
  • Visionaries

Why Get Involved?

Individuals and Organisations partnering with Project NMB do so in order to contribute to the City’s legacy, doing their bit to make the change we want to see. Project NMB is not a CSI/CSR initiative but a logical business intervention to help boost the City’s economy, stabilize the job market, create new job opportunities, improve the City’s marketability and standing, attract much needed foreign direct investment, boost local pride in the City and improve the quality of life for generations to come.

Our Relationships are key

Project NMB has a healthy relationship with a number of local organisations, either at Steering Committee level or through the various Project Teams.

These include:

  • Nelson Mandela Bay Business Chamber
  • Mandela Bay Development Agency
  • Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University
  • NMMU Business School
  • Nelson Mandela Bay Municipality
  • Nelson Mandela Bay Tourism
  • Unity in Africa Foundation
  • Show Me Port Elizabeth
  • Grant Thornton
  • Simon Says
  • Vodacom
  • Code Group
  • Regus

Project NMB is becoming increasingly recognised in the City. During the recent past we have been invited to be represented at the Baakens River Precinct Market Assessment as well as the Business Vision 2030 Economic Strategy for the Metro.

Project NMB has identified as an area of interest the creation of a freedom precinct/statue for Nelson Mandela. In this regard Project NMB has been in discussion with the MBDA to make its skills available as soon as the MBDA receives a mandate from the City Council to participate in such an exercise. At that stage, the level of collaboration between Project NMB and the MBDA will be assessed.

Destination Nelson Mandela Bay

What do the residents say?

Mayor Danny Jordaan has called on the Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University to conduct thorough research into how the city can build a flourishing, sustainable township economy. Click here to view the results of the survey held by the NMMU Business School.

There are three levels of participation available to potential partners. Click here to download the pledge form and to find out what benefits each sponsorship package entitles.

Project Nelson Mandela Bay is set for growth

Here are some of the key milestones reached since inception

  • Registration of Project NMB as a Non Profit Company
  • Creation of Corporate Identity/Brand
  • Bank Account opened
  • Auditors appointed
  • Excellent progress by the various Project Teams with some quick wins/successes already achieved
  • Expansion of the Project Teams by initiating new ones

Current Projects

Safe City

City leaders across the globe recognize that being a safe city is an important advantage to continue to ATTRACT visitors, residents, skills, investors, students and tourists. The Safe City team was established and meets ten times a year to share initiatives taking place in the city by various NGOs and identify ideas on what needs to be done to create an awareness of the importance of creating a safe city. The Safe City team consists of dedicated and passionate individuals from business, Business Against Crime EC, GIZ and MBDA with the aim of making the Nelson Mandela Bay Metropolitan area the Safest City in Africa.

Key successes include:

  • A good working relationship with the Municipality, specifically through the Executive Director: Safety and Security, attending the Safe City meetings and providing input
  • The Safe City Group being part of the Community Safety Forum which was re-launched by the Premier in 2014
  • Providing input into the development of a Safety Strategy for the Metro
  • Creating greater awareness of fantastic initiatives by both GIZ (e.g. educating youth on crime prevention) and Business Against Crime EC scholar program in the Northern Areas

Safety for all citizens is vital to ensure that the NMBM has sustainable economic growth.

Smart City iGEMS

This Team has formed a number of strategic partnerships for the tuition of Mathematics and Science for Grade 11 and 12 students.

These partnerships include:

  • The Govan Mbeki Mathematics Development Unit (GMMDU) at NMMU
  • Unity in Africa Foundation
  • Go for Gold out of Cape Town.

Fifteen Grade 11 pupils from the GMMDU’s 2015 intake of about 90 pupils have been selected to become the first intake into the iGEMS programme. The programme has been enthusiastically received by the GMMDU team as it offers some of their pupils, who currently only participate in their two-year Mathematics and Science programme the opportunity to join a four phase education-to-employment programme. This will allow them to eventually graduate with a tertiary engineering qualification and then be guaranteed permanent employment.

These pupils will also receive Life Skills and Computer Skills training. The Team will be using the Missionvale Campus of the NMMU for classes two afternoons per week and Saturday mornings.

A Programme Manager has been appointed and commenced duty on 1 February 2015.

Connected City

The Connected City Team has developed an Android App that allows the user to connect to the City and discover places that would otherwise have remained unknown. From local news to the best sushi restaurant in town, Connected City shows you where to go.

Not only does it assist the user in finding the best places to be, and provide information on the City, it is beneficial for tourism as it leads the user to places they otherwise may not have discovered. This in turn benefits the locals as it brings business to their doorstep. The App is also available in mobile web format for iPhone and Blackberry users.

The Connected City platform is fully extendable and currently pulls extensive information from the Show Me Port Elizabeth website on the following categories:

  • Important Contact Numbers
  • Restaurants
  • Events and Entertainment
  • Accommodation
  • Tourism
  • Business
  • Lifestyle
  • News

Download the APP here:

Clean City

This is one of the latest projects that have been identified as a way to contribute towards making Nelson Mandela Bay the greatest City in South Africa. A number of volunteers have already been identified and the objective is to collaborate with the business sector to clean up specific areas in the City.

12 Active Months

Achieved to date:

  • Compiled a calendar of current events
  • Identified events that speak to our goals and objectives
  • Reached implementation stage, with the next step being the employment of a Coordinator.
  • Tool (matrix) for evaluation/grading of events
  • Engaged with the NMMU Business School who has initiated a survey on behalf of the 12AM team to assess the interests of people in cities.