22 October 2018
 
For immediate release
 
Another Feather in Cap of eThekwini Municipalities
 
The eThekwini Municipality has done it again. Last night, 21/10/2018 (Sunday), Mayor Zandile Gumede received the Dr Benjamin Barber Global Cities Award, at the Global Parliament of Mayors (GPM) held in Bristol in the United Kingdom.
 
The award within the GPM, is dedicated to respective Mayors, personally and by work that they do in their Cities. Councillor Gumede was acknowledged for her work in the community, her foundation that touch lives of the people. Also multiple programs and positions she has undertaken beyond her call of duty.
 
Mostly in comparison is the impact as a woman Mayor that she has brought not only in her local work but to the global community. Durban, is fast becoming a known city for its drastic foot forward in providing practical urban solutions to achieve the 2030 urban agenda and most importantly, the transformation of the lives of the people of Durban.
 
“I am excited and emotional about getting this recognition, especially on the day we were celebrating Mama Albertina Sisulu. I dedicate this award to the youth and other women leaders of the world who are the forefront of service delivery,” said Mayor Gumede.
 
The international award was established to commemorate outstanding action or research on urban governance, contribution to advancing the values and principles set by the Global Parliament of Mayors. Receiving the award eThekwini Mayor Zandile Gumede said being honoured by this award means the city is on the right track in resolving challenges faced by modern cities.
 
"We are extremely happy to receive this award because it attests to the good work we are doing as a cosmopolitan city to meet the needs of those residing in our city. These include our people coming from different parts of the country and those who have left their countries for various reasons and made Durban their home,” continued Gumede.
 
Recently, the eThekwini bagged four awards at World Travel Awards held at the Inkosi Albert Luthuli Convention Centre. Last weekend, we also received two awards at the Kamoso Awards for implementing EPWP program at the function held at Tropica Hotel in Durban hosted by Provincial department of Public Works.
 
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Issued by the Office of the Mayor, Durban City Hall
 
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