About Nelson Mandela Bay
About Nelson Mandela Bay

Nelson Mandela Bay Municipality is named after South Africa's former President, humanitarian and icon to the world, Nelson Rolihlaha Mandela, as Madiba was born and spent his formative years in the Eastern Province. 

The City is home to the Port Elizabeth International Airport, the only international air access point in the Eastern Cape Province.  Engagements between the Nelson Mandela Bay Municipality, Airports Company South Africa, Nelson Mandela Bay Tourism and local business saw the development of an Airlift Project, aimed at deliberately growing air traffic in the region.

The City’s maritime entry point showcases its monumental developmental aspirations and capabilities, boasting the most modern deep-water port in the Southern Hemisphere, the Port of Ngqura.

Nelson Mandela Bay is the hub of the automotive industry on the African continent, with many major international vehicle and component manufacturers based in the city. It is a preferred region for the manufacturing of pharmaceuticals, flour, meat, frozen veggies, soft drinks, chocolates, cheese, yoghurt, ice-cream, paper and leather products.


Location

Nelson Mandela Bay is located on the southern coast of South Africa, on the shores of Algoa Bay, midway between Cape Town and Durban and 1058 km from Johannesburg.

The Nelson Mandela Bay Municipality is one of two metropolitan municipalities in the Eastern Cape Province. It incorporates Port Elizabeth, Uitenhage and Despatch, with their surrounding agricultural areas, and occupies an area of 1959,02 km². Nelson Mandela Bay serves as a centre for both local and international beach sporting and offers exciting outdoor activities. The City is noted for the genuine warm hospitality of its residents, and has for many decades been known as the Friendly City among visitors and holidaymakers.

Population and Human Development

The current population of Nelson Mandela Bay is estimated at 1 263 051 (Community Survey 2016), with a growth rate of 1.54% (IHS, 2017). The Municipality has a total of 368 518 households, with an average size of 3.6 persons per household (CS 2016). 

Female-headed households constitute 41.6% of the total number of households in the Municipality (Community Survey, 2016). Altogether 640 000 people (representing about 49.6% of the total population) live in poverty in the Nelson Mandela Bay Metropolitan area (ECSECC, 2017). 

During the 2017/18 financial year, 100% of qualifying households earning less than R3 200 per month (two state pensions) had access to free basic services offered by the Municipality through its Assistance To The Poor Programme (ATTP).  As at 30 June 2018, the value of the free basic services provided was R614 218 196, benefiting 101 645 qualifying households.  Various types of service assistance were provided to local households as follows: 89 721 (water); 90 175 (sanitation); 73 593 (electricity); 80 221 (refuse removal); and 76 392 (rebate on rates accounts). 

There is a backlog of 4 229 applications in the system, which is attributed to the detailed nature of the verification processes. 

Nelson Mandela Bay is characterised by a youthful population, with 26 years being the median age.  

In all the periods under discussion, female domination is noticeable, particularly in the age categories from 40 years upwards.

Population

Population Details

 

 

 

 


 

 

 

Age

Year -2

Year -1

Year 0

Male

Female

Total

Male

Female

Total

Male

Female

Total

Age: 0 - 4

66135

64711

130846

65341 

 64034

129375

 64706

 63444

128150

Age: 5 - 9

68071

66641

134712

68451

 66911

135362

 68514

 66913

135427

Age: 10 - 19

108518

106768

215286

11285

 111050

122335

 117600

 115711

233311

Age: 20 - 29

107354

101017

208371

106642 

  100031

206673

105557

98734

204291

Age: 30 - 39

90612

91041

181653

 94123

 93123

187246

 97342

 95002

192344

Age: 40 - 49

67211

77962

145173

 68325

 78097

146422

 69486

 78184

147670

Age: 50 - 59

50387

66423

116810

 51159

 67384

118543

 51994

68246

120240

Age: 60 - 69

32120

45458

77578

 33184

 47102

80286

 34177

 48778

82955

Age: 70+

13516

28317

41833

 14008

29953

43961

 14498

 31585

46083



















Source: STATSSA 2015

Language spoken and percentage

56,53 % of local residents are mother-tongue IsiXhosa-speakers, followed by Afrikaans (28,51%) and English (11,91%). IsiXhosa is clearly the dominant language spoken in the Metro, with English being the main language of commerce.

Language

%

Language

%

Afrikaans

28.51%

IsiXhosa

56.53%

English

11.91%

Sotho

0.17%

Zulu

0.19%

Tswana

0.05%

Pedi

0.05%

Tsonga

0.05%

Venda

0.01%

Swati

0.01%

Ndebele

0.10%

Other

2.41%


Source:  STATSSA, 2015

VISION

‘To be a globally competitive and preferred Metropole that works collectively with the people to improve lives, boost the economy, advocating zero corruption, and to have a transformed administration aimed at enhancing service delivery.’ 

MISSION STATEMENT 

‘Nelson Mandela Bay Municipality is a global city that is governed by an inclusive and innovative administration, focused on sustainable service delivery, socio-economic development, infrastructure development, local and regional integration through comprehensive initiatives.’

BRAND PROMISE

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