Municipality: Nelson Mandela Bay Metropolitan Municipality


City Hall
Govan Mbeki Avenue
6000 Port Elizabeth , Eastern Cape
South Africa
Phone: 041-506-3111
Fax: 041-506-3336
Eastern Cape ZA


Loated on the shores of Algoa Bay, the Nelson Mandela Bay Metropolitan Municipality (NMBMM)is the economic powerhouse of the Eastern Cape Province, contributing 44% to the regional GGP. The largest contribution is made by the manufacturing sector (33%), followed by the communiy, social and presonal service sector (20%) and then the financial, insurance, real estate and business service sector (15%).

Port Elizabeth is the largest city in the metro, and is the fifth largest in South Africa. 

The population of Nelson Mandela Bay Metropolitan Municipality is estimated at just over 1.5 million, of which 35% is below the age of 20 years. This relatively youthful population means that education and job creation require urgent attention. 

LED Activities

Key Projects:

  • Cooperatives support and marketing in arts and crafts sector;
  • Hydroponic tunnels for vegetable production
  • Small business support centre and advice

Key Investment Opportunities: Private investment opportunities: automotive and components manufacturing; tourism; wool, mohair, textiles, clothing and leather; medicines; electronics; ICT; chlorine and petrochemical cluster; logistics; robotics; energy; and agribusiness. Nelson Mandela Bay offers: world-class infrastructure for investment at the iconic Coega industrial development zone (IDZ) and deep-water Port of Ngqura; vibrant automotive manufacturing centre and Logistics Park; and “windy city” – opportunity for wind energy generation.

Critical infrastructure

The Metro has a well-developed infrastructure. Public transport is adequate and it is possible to move around by city bus shuttle, taxi or on foot. 

The NMBMM furthermore boasts educational institutions of the highest standard. The Nelson Mandela Bay University was founded in 2005. The city's three technical colleges produce skilled atrisans across a wide range of fields.


The city is an important centre for the automobile industry and is a major transport hub. Its well-equipped, modern airport and harbour link southern Africa with other national and international destinations. There are regular air passenger and cargo services to the other major centres of South Africa.



The combination of poverty and unemployment is a critical challenge that the metropolitan area needs to address. NMBMM will have to generate R590 million per annum to deal with the challenges of poverty eradication.