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The Nelson Mandela Bay Municipality promotes the development and growth of the arts / culture and heritage sectors in Nelson Mandela Bay.

The NMBM accordingly invites applications for the Calendar Year 21/22 from individual performing artists, heritage practitioners, Community groups, NGOs, NPOs, and Community Organisations active in the Arts, Culture and Heritage Sectors that wish to host development projects (including film development) and programmes to promote growth and development in Nelson Mandela Bay.


Nelson Mandela Bay Municipality will be having one call for submissions during the 2021/2022 financial year. This call is based on projects/programmes concluding no later 30 June 2022. 


  1. Successful applicants will be supported up to a maximum amount of R100 000 with a minimum of R50 000.
  2. The 2022 Call for submissions will comprise of the criteria below.
  3. Proposals should be in line with the NMBM Arts and Culture Development Programmes Policy Framework, with a strong focus on the following:  
    • Skills transfer i.e. (training initiatives) in the cultural development in respect of Performing Arts including theater, dance, music and across these three cultures.
    • Arts exhibitions with respect to the Visual arts /Sculpture and crafts.
    • Heritage: Educational heritage projects with a focus on cultural Tourism inclusive of Indigenous Heritage, Specialized Oral History projects.
    • Film Development project that focus on script development. 


  1. The Project/Programme must be locally owned and delivered.
  2. The Project/Programme must be held in Nelson Mandela Bay.
  3. The Programme must be developmental in nature.
  4. The Programme must benefit Port Elizabeth, Uitenhage and Despatch.
  5. Social Cohesion: Arts project proposals must show the desire to foster growth and sustainability in organizations and individuals that pursue unity among and the management of local artists in Nelson Mandela Bay, encompassing all demographics and Clusters in the City.
  6. Applicants working in partnerships and has potential support funding approved will be given preference.

The decision of the adjudicators is final; The NMBM will enforce aesthetic rights interventions!

A panel of experts will adjudicate the proposals received.

In this regard, the NMBM desires nominations of five adjudicators from various arts & Heritage disciplines to be made to SRAC.

  • Nominations may include key stakeholders of the NMBM. The criterion for participation is an extensive experience in their relevant discipline with a relevant experience and track record as a an Arts, Culture or Heritage practitioner.
  • The Adjudication Committee results for the Arts Grant will be included in the Strategic Events Committee of SRAC including NMBM Budget & Treasury & Supply Chain Directorate.

 Letters of nominations must be addressed to the Deputy Director: Arts & Culture, NMBM c/o 31 Park Drive, St. Georges Park, Centrahill, 6001. Closing date for written nominations of adjudicators is MONDAY, 15 NOVEMBER 2021. 

3.         CLOSING DATE

The closing date for proposals is MONDAY, 15 November 2021 at 12:00.

Should additional clarity be needed, please contact the NMBM:

Living Arts Manager, Vaughan Japhta:

Tell: 041 506 2729



Living Arts Intern: Beauty Ncube

Tell: 041 506 1035




  1. Application forms are available from the NMBM website at to ‘Document Library', Category: Forms), or click here to download the form.

  2. Complete proposals must be hand delivered and placed in the Proposals Box in the reception area at the office below: 
    Addressed to:
    Director: Arts, Culture, Libraries, Heritage and Museums
    Sport, Recreation and Culture Office
    St. George’s Park, 31 Park Drive, Port Elizabeth.

  3. No e-mailed or faxed applications will be accepted (instead these will be automatically rejected).  


The Arts Grant Application is at the end of its three-year cycle.

  • Applicant who have received grants in 2018/19/2020 financial years are excluded from this application.
  • Applications for the National Arts Festival 2022 will be considered during this call for submissions.



Notice is hereby given in terms of Section 33 of the Local Government Municipal Finance Management Act, No. 56 of 2003 that the Nelson Mandela Bay Municipality (NMBM) intends entering into an agreement with the German development bank KfW.


During the Government negotiations between the Republic of South Africa (RSA) and the Federal Republic of Germany in November 2018, Germany committed grant funding in the amount of EUR 18 million (ZAR 288 million) (the Grant) for the Financial Co-operation Programme "Renewable Energy for South African Municipalities – Phase I: Nelson Mandela Bay Metropolitan Area”.


The Electricity and Energy Directorate of the NMBM will be responsible for preparing, implementing and maintaining the different project packages financed by the Grant. The estimated project time frame is four years.  The estimated total Project cost is approximately EUR 20 million. The NMBM will co-finance at least 10% of the total Project cost (i.e. EUR 2 million) over the duration of the Project.


The proposed Project supports the NMBM in the modernisation of the urban network infrastructure and in piloting an innovative Renewable Energy (RE) component. After extensive investigation, the oldest parts of the network were considered for strengthening, as these would be most beneficial to the Nelson Mandela Bay Metropolitan Area, resulting in the greatest RE opportunities for the funding. These projects include the Mount Road 132 kV substation, the Diaz Road 6.6 kV network and the 5th Avenue 6.6 kV network.


Further to these projects is to implement RE initiatives, as alternative supply to formerly disadvantaged parts of the City. Approximately 10% of the project value has been assigned to achieve this objective. It has been agreed between the NMBM and KfW that the pilot projects will look at green and replicable approaches only and that the close involvement  of the communities will be garnered and ensured.


Detailed project plans will be further elaborated during the design phase, with the support of the implementation consultant to be appointed.


NOTICE IS FURTHER GIVEN in accordance with Section 21A and Section 21 of the Local Government Municipal Systems Act, No. 32 of 2000 that –


a)     The local community and other interested persons are invited to submit comments or representations to the NMBM in respect of the proposed draft contract(s). Such comments or representations must be received by no later than 25 OCTOBER 2021 via electronic mail to or to the Munelek Building, 46 Harrower Road, North End, Gqeberha (Port Elizabeth), 6001 marked "NMBM KfW Grant Funding – s33 process”.


b)     Copies of the draft agreement and information statement summarising the NMBM’s obligations in terms of the draft contract(s) are available for inspection at: 

·      NMBM Libraries (Kariega (Uitenhage), Despatch, North End, Newton Park, New Brighton, Walmer),

·      City Hall, Govan Mbeki Avenue, Gqeberha,

·      Munelek Building, 46 Harrower Road, North End, Gqeberha.

·      Copies  are also accessible on the official website of the NMBM ( under Document Library: Agreements External, Documents titled "Draft Separate Agreement for Grant Funding between KFW and NMBM” (


c)     Further details and clarity may be requested via email to or 041-506 4206 and responses of a material nature will be made available on the above-mentioned website.


Persons who are physically disabled or unable to write, but who wish to submit comments or representations in respect of the draft contract(s), may present themselves during office hours (08h30 – 16h00, Mon - Fri) at Munelek Building, 46 Harrower Road, North End, Gqeberha, where the Secretary to the Senior Director for Electricity and Energy Projects sub-directorate (Ms Zandile Mpengesi), at 041-506 4206 will assist them in transcribing the relevant comments or representations. 


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