ETHEKWINI NEWS FLASH
 
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
 
17 April 2018
 
Executive Committee Decisions
 
Budget/IDP Consultation Roadshows to be Held In Various City Regions
 
EThekwini Municipality’s Executive Committee tabled a report outlining the rollout of the 2018/19 Budget Hearing and Integrated Development Plan (IDP) Consultation Roadshows to be held across the City at a meeting held today, 17 April.
 
The report stated that the public consultation process for budget and IDP meetings are convened in line with Section 16 of the Municipal Systems Act.
 
The theme for the 2018 roadshows is: “Radically Transforming Communities”. The roadshows do not only seek to present the proposed budget and get input from members of the community but also seeks to profile and highlight service delivery successes achieved by the Municipality over the past 18 years.
 
The proposed dates for the roadshows are from Thursday, 19 April to Wednesday, 9 May.
 
The roadshows will be divided into three categories.
 
The first category will focus on the general public with eight proposed regional roadshows.
 
The proposed regions are:
 
• Central region with the meeting taking place at Curries Fountain. The date will be confirmed,
• North region at the Princess Magogo Stadium on 19 April,
• Outer North region at the Outspan Grounds on 21 April,
• The North region at the JL Dube Stadium on 22 April,
• The South region at the King Zwelithini Stadium on 23 April,
• The Outer South region at the Umnini Grounds. The date is still to be confirmed,
• The Outer West region at the Mpumalanga Stadium on 6 May, and
• The West region at the Sugar Ray Xulu Stadium on 7 May.
 
These will be the main roadshows with approximately 3 000 people targeted at each site.
 
The second category will focus on consultation with the following sectors:
 
• Amakhosi at the Pinetown Civic Centre,
• Business and academia at the Moses Mabhida Stadium, and
• The Disability Sector at Luthuli Hall on 20 April.
 
Category three is the Budget Hearing and will incorporate all civil organisations, the public and remaining sectors. The meetings will be held at the City Hall auditorium on 9 May.
 
EThekwini Mayor Zandile Gumede said Council had tried its best to go to all regions to ensure that everyone will have a chance to give their input on the budget and IDP. She said consultations would also be done with the various sectors include amakhosi and business.
 
“I urge all councillors to ensure that they are part of these meetings. We are ensuring that we are doing everything properly by hosting these roadshows,” said Mayor Gumede.
 
CLARITY REGARDING BLACKLISTED COMPANIES DOING BUSINESS WITH THE CITY
 
Deputy City Manager of Finance Krish Kumar provided clarity around companies being investigated by the City and those who were blacklisted.
 
Speaking at an Executive Committee meeting today, 17 April, Kumar said he wanted to put it on record given the number of media articles recently regarding supply chain management processes and the blacklisting of companies.
 
He said the City’s Legal and Compliance Unit has said that if a company has not officially been blacklisted, the City cannot stop doing work with that service provider.
 
He said the City’s Bid Adjudication Committee (BAC) had approval processes that they followed and emphasised that the BAC and the Blacklisting Committee were independent and that their independence must be respected.
 
He said reports from the City Integrity and Investigations Unit (CIIU) carried recommendations for appropriate action to be taken by the relevant committee.
 
“We have to follow due legal processes when it comes to the blacklisting of companies. If we don’t follow processes we will be held liable,” said Kumar.
 
He provided an example where a company has taken the issue up after they were found to be blacklisted but upon further investigation it was found that it was not the appropriate action.
 
“If it comes to me (for payment) and a company has been blacklisted but work has been done, we have to pay them. The only time we don’t pay is if SARS intervenes,” said Kumar.
 
EThekwini Mayor Zandile Gumede said reports, particularly from CIIU, must not be leaked to the media while action was still being taken against implicated officials.
 
“I agree with Krish. Too often reports are in the media while we are still dealing with them. We have clear processes in place about who is mandated to speak to the media and I urge those who are not mandated to speak to the media to refrain from doing so as they often contradict each other and this affects the credibility of the City,” she said.
 
“We must be serious about being accountable regarding how we spend ratepayers’ money,” Mayor Gumede added.
 
Speaker William Mapena said it was not necessary for CIIU reports to come to the Executive Committee as they went to the relevant officials.
 
Explaining further he said: “If the report involves an official it goes to the City Manager and if it involves a councillor it comes to the Speaker’s office.”
 
CITY HALL AN ASSET THAT MUST BE MAINTAINED
 
EThekwini Mayor Zandile Gumede said the Durban City Hall was an “asset of the City” and needed to maintained as such. She was speaking during an Executive Committee meeting held today, 17 April.
 
Mayor Gumede said City Hall is an iconic building and she was unhappy with the state it was in. She lamented the state of the bathrooms and other facilities at the building.
 
“You cannot have people being robbed outside City Hall as well as other security issues. We have to treat this building as an important asset of the City. Other city hall buildings in various cities are beautiful, well maintained and well managed. We need to elevate City Hall. I am raising the issue here so that the City Manager, Sipho Nzuza, can ensure there is budget to do this,” said Mayor Gumede.
 
She said they would be working with Councillor Barbara Fortein, who is the chairperson of the Governance and Human Resources Committee on this matter, adding that officials would be responsible of how upgrades will be implemented.
 
“We need to ensure that everything is working at City Hall including the pipe organs. Tourists come to see the City Hall and it needs to be of a good standard. At present, anyone can enter City Hall. I am raising this matter before the Executive Committee meeting so that it can be addressed. We need to treat City Hall as one of the most important assets in the City,” Mayor Gumede added.
 
ENDS
 
Issued by eThekwini Municipality’s Head of Communications Unit, Tozi Mthethwa.
 
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