Nelson Mandela Bay Municipality

Nelson Mandela Bay Municipality is named after South Africa’s former President, humanitarian and icon to the world, Nelson Rolihlahla Mandela, as Madiba was born and spent his formative years in the Eastern  Province.

Nelson Mandela Bay is located on the south-eastern coastline of  South Africa.midway between  Cape Town and  Durban, and 1058 km from  Johannesburg.

The  Nelson  Mandela  Bay  Municipality was established in December 2000, from the erstwhile municipalities of the City of  Port Elizabeth and the towns of Uitenhage and Despatch, as well as the surrounding areas.

The city has a population of 1.1 million, making it  South Africa’s fifth largest city in terms of population and the second largest in terms of area. The predominant languages spoken are English, Afrikaans and IsiXhosa.

The Metro has a vibrant industrial sector, with two ports, namely the  Port of  Port Elizabeth and the  Port of Ngqura, making it essentially a transport nucleus.  Nelson  Mandela  Bay a city where all types of businesses, whether small or large, can prosper and grow. The city is the economic power-house of the Eastern Cape Province, being the automotive manufacturing hub of  Africa, and home to Volkswagen, General Motors and Ford.

Our beautiful historic city is also a major tourist destination, boasting 40 km of magnificent golden beaches, warm water, a spectacular coastline and near-perfect weather. It is surrounded by internationally acclaimed game reserves, where large African game roam the magnificent landscape of the malaria-free Eastern Cape.

Nelson Mandela  Bay combines the best of all worlds – the economic opportunities and benefits of a large city, combined with the easy access, un-congested traffic and genuine, warm hospitality that are associated with a medium-sized town.

Nelson  Mandela  Bay  Municipality is living up to its vision: A globally competitive city that works together with the people!


The Department of Economic Development, Environmental Affairs and Tourism (DEDEAT)

The Department of Economic Development, Environmental Affairs and Tourism (DEDEAT) envision a Province where economic growth and sound environmental management underpin sustainable development. Policy priorities are derived from the Provincial Development Plan (PDP) and strengthen through the Implementation of the Provincial Economic Development Strategy (PEDS). Manufacturing is identified as a key sector in PEDS and is deemed as key enabler for economic growth and job creation in the Province.


The Eastern Cape Development Corporation (ECDC) and Nelson Mandela Bay Municipality (NMBM)

The Eastern Cape Development Corporation (ECDC) and Nelson Mandela Bay Municipality (NMBM) have jointly established Export Helpdesks within the Eastern Cape in 2015. The Export Helpdesks have a mandate to train, develop and promote aspiring and existing exporters in order to increase the value of trade in the region and grow the number of Eastern Cape Exporters.

ECDC and NMBM remain committed to developing and strengthening a trade and export service delivery network with the aim to:

  • Establish and operationalize the Export Helpdesk in order to implement the Department of Trade and Industry’s (the dti) National Exporter Development Programme (NEDP) in the Eastern Cape.
  • Provide relevant developmental and promotional products and services in order to increase the contribution made by SMME’s to the Eastern Cape’s economic growth.

The two Export Helpdesks are situated in Buffalo City Municipality (East London and the surrounding area) and in Nelson Mandela Bay Municipality (Port Elizabeth, Uitenhage and the surrounding area). The services of the Export Helpdesk are however available to all aspiring and existing Eastern Cape exporters.

Our dedicated coordinators, who have been trained in trade and export development and promotion, are ready and willing to be of service to you by providing any of the listed services.

  • Export Information and Advice
  • Export Readiness Assessment Tools
  • Sector Reports
  • Information on HS Codes
  • Export Training , Development and Promotion
  • How to register as an Exporter
  • Information on the dti and other incentives & interventions
  • Country profiles and market profiles
  • Calendar of Events (Trade Missions, Training Seminars, National Pavilions, Workshops, etc)

And many more specialised services.