The ANC as the governing party has a long and successful track record of service delivery in the Nelson Mandela Bay Metropolitan Municipality, particularly in the fields of basic education, and the provision of healthcare and housing.

Guided by the theme “Year of Advancing People’s Power: Local Government is in your Hands the ANC 2016 Local Government Election Manifesto engages the nation on consulted issues such as unemployment, poverty and inequality.

The endeavours of building stronger communities have been exhibited by the ANC’s fortitude through the National School Nutrition programme that has provided an average of 1.6-million learners in over 5 000 schools in the province with meals.

Furthermore, in ensuring uninterrupted education to learners, 330 non-teaching staff were appointed through the Expanded Public Works Programme (EPWP) to help in supporting and stabilising 209 schools across the Nelson Mandela Bay Metropolitan Municipality.

The EPWP formed part of an initiative of the Department of Public Works, the Nelson Mandela Bay Metropolitan Municipality, the Eastern Cape Department of Education and the Independent Development Trust.

Last April government invested R50-million in upgrading the bulk storm water infrastructure, sanitation and civil services in Missionvale. At the same time, 2 500 homes were connected with sanitation and water services.

From an area that was previously flat terrain surrounded salt pans and occupied by informal settlements — the ANC has provided electricity and water services through stand pipes that are located 200 meters from each household.

Healthier communities are the building blocks of a healthy nation, and in the Eastern Cape the ANC has been at the forefront of the delivery of healthcare services.

The revitalisation of the Cecilia Makiwane clinic in Mdantsane as well as the renovation and building of clinics throughout the province have stemmed from the ruling party’s commitment to better health for all South Africans.

More than 600 nurses were trained at the Ilitha College and R32- million was spent on a rehabilitation centre in the KwaDwesi township.

Perhaps what has been most significant and fitting ahead of the ANC 2016 Local Government Manifesto in relation to the ruling party’s theme of “Year of Advancing People’s Power: Local Government is in your Hands,” has the steps taken by the residents of Walmer who have taken the fight against poverty into their own hands through the Hydroponic Corporation.

Hydroponic is a method used to produce crop and does not require soil in order to plant.

Residents of Walmer have used this method address food shortages and create employment through creating agricultural skills. The produce such as baby marrow, tomatoes and peppers are sold to local retailers and the public.

Local government has built tunnels which serve as greenhouses protecting the crops from bad weather. In further empowering the programme local government has supplied farming tools to help improve the level and quality of farming.

The ANC is proud of its track record in service delivery in the Eastern Cape Province. Working hand in hand with our citizens we are delivering, day by day, on our mandate to realize a Better Life for All. The ANC’s Local Government Election Manifesto will outline our programme as we limber up for the municipal elections in August.

Later this month we mark Freedom Day, the day our democracy was born. With local government at the coalface of service delivery, we remain confident that ANC-run municipalities are the only vehicle through which the lives of all South Africans can be improved. The holding of the fourth municipal election since democracy: is a barometer of the health of our democracy, and an affirmation of the strong social compact that continues to exist between the government of South Africa, and its citizens.

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