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Steenhuisen reflects on DA’s role in rebuilding Nelson Mandela Bay

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John Steenhuisen has reflected on the story of a DA-led Nelson Mandela Bay and how the party had managed to turn the broken city around through service delivery.

Leader of the DA, John Steenhuisen believes that Nelson Mandela Bay’s (NMB) five-year rollercoaster ride would serve as a good cautionary tale for voters who are hoping to turn the tide on what he has described as South Africa’s jobs bloodbath. The leader of the opposition party expressed that a vote for the DA would be a vote for jobs.

Steenhuisen emphasised how the recently delivered unemployment statistics were damning and devastating, noting unemployment as the main driver of poverty and inequality in South Africa. This is in light of the government’s apparent failure to build an inclusive economy.

Steenhuisen highlighted how the story of Nelson Mandela Bay over the past five years is one that shows that achieving the best possible outcomes for cities in the next five years requires a DA majority. He also noted how when the DA took over running NMB in August 2016, it had inherited a broken city destroyed by state capture and corruption. However, in the two years until August 2018, when the DA-led coalition lost its majority, the party had managed to rack up some major delivery successes and create attractive conditions for investment and job creation.

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