The Mandela Bay Development Agency (MBDA), established in 2003 by the Nelson Mandela Bay Municipality (NMBM), with support of the Industrial Development Corporation (IDC), is a special purpose development company which has become the driving force behind urban regeneration in Nelson Mandela Bay. The Agency operates under a Mandate in terms of its articles of association and service delivery agreement with the NMBM. While the MBDA falls under the local authority, it operates as a separate entity but works closely with the relevant Municipal Directorates .
Our aim is to project-manage regeneration of the Port Elizabeth CBD with a view to promoting economic and tourism development against the backdrop of urban renewal. The mandate area of the MBDA includes the central area of the city, including the CBD, as well as the existing harbour. While the metropolitan area covers roughly 1950 km², the Mandate Area is only 1039ha (10.39km²). However, since 2007, the MBDA has been mandated to extend its geographical reach to include other parts of the metropolitan area, such as New Brighton, Uitenhage and Despatch, the Happy Valley Area and the new stadium precinct.