New ball game in Nelson Mandela Bay as Danny Jordaan named mayor

The appointment is part of a much-anticipated leadership reshuffle in the municipality.

FILE: Danny Jordaan. Picture: GCIS.

CAPE TOWN - The African National Congress (ANC) has announced the South African Football Association (Safa) president, Danny Jordaan, has been appointed mayor of the Nelson Mandela Bay Metro.

The announcement was made via Twitter a short while ago.

The New Mayor of Nelson Mandela will be Danny Jordan @MyANC_ #ANCBriefing

Businessman Bicks Ndoni has been appointed his deputy.

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

Jordaan took up the position of Safa president in 2013.

He headed up South Africa's bid to host and organise the 2010 Fifa World Cup.

The ANC has confirmed that Jordaan will retain his role at Safa in addition to his new post.

Meanwhile, the Democratic Alliance's Eastern Cape leader, Atholl Trollip, says the move does not concern the party ahead of the 2016 local government elections.

"It's an interesting decision. I don't necessarily believe that any one individual is going to be able to sort out the mess that the ANC is in within this municipality."