Danny Jordaan gets the top Job as Mayor of PE

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Former Football Association president Danny Jordaan has been inaugurated as Mayor of the Nelson Mandela Bay Municipality, Port Elizabeth. Former Football Association president Danny Jordaan has been inaugurated as Mayor of the Nelson Mandela Bay Municipality, Port Elizabeth.

While allegations are echoing that South Africa bribed FIFA to secure the 2010 World Cup, today SA Football Association (Safa) President Danny Jordaan was inaugurated as Mayor of Nelson Mandela Bay Municipality, Port Elizabeth.

ANC Provincial Secretary, Oscar Mabuyane, says three new councilors were also sworn in.

The appointments are part of a much-anticipated leadership reshuffle in the municipality following a visit by President Jacob Zuma earlier this month.

"Justice means that we must deliver consistently to the people of this area," said Jordaan in his inauguration speech.

Jordaan was elected unopposed as the new Nelson Mandela Bay executive mayor, despite the absence of opposition parties.

He is widely credited for helping to secure the hosting of the 2010 Soccer World Cup in South Africa.

Meanwhile global agencies are investigating the awarding of the 2018 and 2022 world cups as well as claims that a bribe of $10 million was paid to secure the 2010 world cup in South Africa.

Jordaan has not yet commented on the arrest of Fifa officials and the Swiss and United States (US) investigations into allegations of racketeering, corruption and conspiracy.

Dozens of soccer officials are in Switzerland this week for the FIFA congress and presidential election, and Jordaan was expected to fly out to join them shortly after his inauguration.

SA Property Owners Response

Neil Gopal, CEO of South African Property Owners Association (SAPOA) has welcomed the appointment of Danny Jordaan as the new Mayor in Port Elizabeth.

"We look forward to engaging with the mayor asap. Given his experience with the World Cup, I believe Jordaan is someone who will get things done politically. He is also from PE which is a very positive,” says Gopal.

He adds that SAPOA would implore him to deal with maladministration and factionalism which has for some time now troubled with Metro.

"Our concerns are however are that this may be a short term stint gearing up for the 2016 local government elections,” says Gopal.

'We need someone in there for the long haul so that the confidence of the citizens and business is not shattered once again," concludes Gopal.

Construction companies fined for collusive tendering

In 2013 June, the Competition Commission fined 15 major SA construction firms a combined R1.46 billion for ‘rampant’ collusive tendering.

The companies reached an agreement in respect of the construction of the 2010 Fifa World Cup stadia, in terms of which they agreed to allocate the Mbombela, Peter Mokaba, Moses Mabhida, Soccer City, Nelson Mandela Bay and Green Point stadia tenders among themselves and to exchange cover prices.

In a fast-track disclosure process, the commission had applications for settlement from 21 companies revealing collusion or anticompetitive behaviour in over 300 projects, public and private. The value of these projects is estimated to total R47 billion.

The penalties were a percentage of the annual turnover of each company and took into account the number of projects each company was involved in.

It was the commission's single biggest collective settlement involving private companies, according to Minister of Economic Development Ebrahim Patel.


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