in Nelson Mandela Bay received a major boost today with the official
launch of the Nelson Mandela Bay Cooperative Chamber (NMBCC), an apex
body tasked with the responsibility to ensure the sustainability and
success of its members.
a current membership of 64 Cooperatives operating in the tourism
industry, manufacturing, construction, catering, agriculture, transport,
ocean economy, waste management and recycling sectors the ideal
membership goal set for the NMBCC are at least 200 Cooperatives.
Both Nelson Mandela Bay Municipality Executive Mayor Athol Trollip and MEC for Economic Development, Environmental Affairs and Tourism, Sakhumzi Somyo applauded the initiative.
Trollip said: "Let me thank all the stakeholders here today whose
participation led to this launch in particular MEC Somyo who encouraged
Metro Cooperatives to become organized and to speak in one voice leading
to the Cooperatives now belonging to an apex organization that will
provide them with support and development.
think it is very good advice as cooperatives is made out of individuals
as they are not fully-fledged companies. It is groups of individuals
coming together and the directive that you organize yourselves is indeed
am furthermore pleased to note the good working relations between all
the stakeholders and the desire by all partners to establish the
tertiary cooperative, the NMBCC, and to convert opportunities into
sustainable growth in order for cooperatives to operate in a conducive
initiative will place the city amongst the forerunners in the
implementation of the national policy on cooperatives in pursuit of
meaningful participation to attain local economic development
imperatives,” Mayor Trollip added.
Thembinkosi Peter is the newly elected Chairperson of The Nelson
Mandela Bay Cooperatives Chamber and Mr Innocent Marthinus the
Sakhumzi Somyo said the advantage of an apex body for cooperatives is
that they bring a number of people together that makes assistance for
them from either government or the private sector easier.
"We would like you to operate in a sustainable manner so that we can assist you as an inclusive unit.
cooperatives can now be happy that they have a mother body that will at
least make sure that they adhere to basic business principals and to
enhance their professionalism and take them a step closer to attaining
success,” said MEC Somyo at the Nangoza Jebe Hall today.
Issued on behalf of the Nelson Mandela Bay Municipality by Media Management Officer Kupido Baron.