Danny Jordaan has been announced as the new mayor of the Nelson Mandela Bay Metro, according to many news sites the appointment comes after the ruling party fell below 50% in the general elections in 2014.
Jordaan was born in Port Elizabeth in 1951, he has served as a member of parliament after previously working as a lecturer, lawyer and an anti-apartheid activist. Mr Jordaan is credited for delivering a successful Fifa World Cup tournament in SA in 2010. According to SAFA’s head of communications, Dominic Chimhavi, Jordaan will retain his role at SAFA in addition to his new post.
Mr Jordaan took over from outgoing mayor Ben Fihla. 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.
In October 2014 the ANC identified part of the challenges in Nelson Mandela Bay Metro as the non-alignment of delivery between departments such as education and health, leading to an exodus of students from black townships to schools in other areas. The party also cited a lack of an integrated public transport system, as well as “the perceived wastage of resources in the implementation of a bus rapid transit system”.
Mr Jordaan received an Honorary Doctorate Degree Administration for his excellent work as an outstanding football administrator from Fort Hare University earlier this month and already has Doctorates from the University of South Africa, the Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University and University of the Western Cape.
He is a recipient of the Special Presidential Award (1994) from the late state president Mandela in addition to the Presidential Sport Achievement Award, which he received from former president Thabo Mbeki in 2001, and the Order of Ikhamanga in Gold from President Jacob Zuma in 2011.
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.
In the national elections in 2014, the ANC received 48.8 percent of the votes with the DA closing in on it with 40.8 percent.