MBDA announces leadership changes MBDA announces leadership changes
The Mandela Bay Development Agency (MBDA), an entity of the Nelson Mandela Bay Municipality (NMBM) established nearly 15 years ago, today announced important and... MBDA announces leadership changes

The Mandela Bay Development Agency (MBDA), an entity of the Nelson Mandela Bay Municipality (NMBM) established nearly 15 years ago, today announced important and strategic changes at senior management that the agency says are aimed at propelling the agency to the achievement of its strategic goals.

The MBDA has become synonymous with some of the major socio-economic development and transformative projects that have revived the Bay’s tourism and infrastructure landscape.

Changes at top management

Now almost two years since the restructuring process started and a year into the new organisational structure, the agency is announcing the final phase of senior management changes aimed at further improving the entity’s performance and service delivery.

Ashwin Daya steps down after 15 years of service

The MBDA and Ashwin Daya wish to announce that Daya will be stepping down as at the end of May 2019.

Board Chairperson Mputumi Goduka says: “The MBDA wishes to express its gratitude to Mr Daya for his contribution to the MBDA and the City over the past almost 15 years notably as the MBDA chief financial officer with distinction.

“Daya was responsible for achieving 3 clean and 11 unqualified audit outcomes during his tenure as CFO, with the agency receiving a commendation from the auditor-general for this achievement”.

“The MBDA wishes to express its sincere thanks and appreciation to Daya for his many years of dedicated service. Daya has indicated that he intends pursuing other professional and business interests and the MBDA wishes him well in his future endeavours,” concluded Goduka.

Debbie Hendricks steps up to operations executive

Hendricks is no stranger to the MBDA having been part of the initial Helenvale Urban Renewal Programme (HURP), which later evolved into the German KfW Bank funded Safety and Peace through Urban Upgrading (SPUU) Programme.

Hendricks brings a wealth of experience in various aspects of City Planning, Community Development and Project Management and returns to the MBDA after spending time at the NMBM’s Human Settlements Directorate as a Senior Town Planner.

Hendricks assumed her new role as Operations Executive on 1s April 2019, where she will oversee the engine room of the MBDA, which includes the Infrastructure Planning & Implementation, Research & Innovation, Psycho-social Programmes, Creative Arts and Culture Programmes and as well Area-based Urban Management.

Confirming the changes, MBDA chief executive officer Ashraf Adam says: “With all the planned senior positions in place, the MBDA is well poised to deliver on its mission, which is to become a knowledge-based developmental agency that seeks to achieve social, spatial and economic transformation in Nelson Mandela Bay”.

The MBDA’s Top Management comprises of the following:

Ashraf Adam – Chief Executive Officer

Kholiswa Mgijima – Chief Financial Officer

Mpho Mokonyama – NMB Stadium Manager

Debbie Hendricks – Operations Executive

The Corporate Services Executive and Chief Risk and Compliance Officer roles are under review.

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