City came to life after owner John Comitis bought the status of Mpumalanga Black Aces, bringing 14 players down to the Mother City.
"Survival, then we’ll take it from there," Manyama told KickOff.com.
The former Ajax Cape Town star says although they are a new team, he doesn't see his side coming across any disadvantages in the new season.
"Disadvantages? I don't see any, but we are a new team and everyone will surely look to get points from us,” he said. “So I think the quicker we send a message that we mean business the better, and luckily we kept 14 players from last season who played a huge role in us coming fourth.
“I think we also have a responsibility to make sure the kind of a bond we have with each other gets extended to the new guys that have come in so that we all can be on one page."
Manyama says although as players they are starting to get used to coach Eric Tinkler's coaching method, the former Orlando Pirates boss is still not happy with their off the ball movement.
"Yeah, we are getting used to it [Tinkler's coaching method], but like I said, we are a new team and one thing he's emphasised is that we need make sure we defend well because with the kind of players we have I don't think we will have a problem. We are capable of anything.
“It’s off the ball where we need to work harder and I totally agree with that. He's a players’ coach with a lot of experience obviously from his playing days and his previous coaching jobs.
“So we have a lot to learn from him and we are all looking forward to it."
The player also had a friendly reminder to those who have already written City's obituary.
"To those who say we are relegation candidates, let us play, then you can start judging us because at this moment everyone is on zero points."