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Trollip shares plans for major change in Mandela Bay Metro

The IEC confirmed his party had garnered the most votes in the metro with 57 seats in council.

FILE: Athol Trollop addresses residents in the Port Elizabeth. Picture: Aletta Harrison/EWN.

PORT ELIZABETH - Nelson Mandela Bay Mayor-elect Athol Trollip says he will reprioritise the metropolitan municipality's budget when he takes over.

Trollip addressed supporters and journalists in Port Elizabeth after the Independent Electoral Commission (IEC) confirmed his party had garnered the most votes in the metro during Wednesday's polls.

The Democratic Alliance (DA) has been allocated 57 seats in Council. The ANC has 50.

Trollip says once a coalition government is formed and he is elected the mayor, he will incorporate the DA's election manifesto into the municipality's plans.

"The first thing I'm going to do is to make sure that our manifesto is fitted into the Integrated Development Plan."

Then, he says, he will be looking at the finances.

"I'm going to reprioritise our budget as soon as I can because I believe the current government didn't pay enough attention to infrastructure maintenance and development."

During his campaign, Trollip complained about outgoing mayor Danny Jordaan slashing the R123 million infrastructure maintenance budget.

When Jordaan took over last year, he introduced cost-cutting to reduce Nelson Mandela Bay's deficit of R430 million.

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