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Athol Trollip promises positive changes in Nelson Mandela Bay

He will have to form a coalition to run the municipality, as the DA is short four seats in Council.

FILE: Nelson Mandela Bay mayor-elect Athol Trollip. Picture: EWN.

PORT ELIZABETH - Throughout his campaign to become mayor of Nelson Mandela Bay, Athol Trollip has promised to bring positive change to the metro.

Now that the Democratic Alliance (DA) has become the largest party in the metropolitan municipality, the word change is on many people's lips as they contemplate life under a new administration.

Trollip will have to form a coalition to run the municipality, as the DA is short four seats in Council for an outright majority.

The DA's election campaign, anchored on creating jobs, tackling corruption and honouring Madiba's memory, has resonated with voters.

The party got 46,7 percent of all the votes cast in the metro.

Trollip says he wants to reprioritise the budget, boost spending on infrastructure and harness the metro's tourism potential over the next five years.

"I'm convinced that the disillusionment, coupled with the promise that we bring and coupled with the reputation that we have in government, has convinced enough people to vote for change. And that's what happened and change has come to Nelson Mandela Bay."

Some Port Elizabeth residents who have spoken to Eyewitness News are ready for a change.

"It will put pressure on the ANC so that it can improve and see where they're lacking and do self-introspection so that they can improve come next term," said one man.

"If they could just help us with poverty and create more jobs for people who aren't working - especially youngsters," added another woman.

When the ANC deployed Danny Jordaan to become mayor last year he was focused on stabilising a metro that was hobbled by corruption.

He also introduced cost-cutting to reduce the metro's large budget deficit.

Fruitless and wasteful expenditure of R146 million in the metro was highlighted in the Auditor General's report for the 2014/2015 financial year.

As Trollip prepares to take the reigns, he has made it clear that municipal staff linked to graft and impropriety will not have a place in his administration.

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