9 JUNE 2015

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE 

EXCO Decision 

ETHEKWINI FIRST TO USE ALTERNATIVE HOUSING TECHNOLOGIES TO FAST TRACK HOUSING DELIVERY IN SA

A pilot project using alternate building technology is underway to fast-track housing delivery in eThekwini Municipality, as part of the City’s strategy to eradicate transit camps and informal settlements.

The alternative housing technology includes the use of energy efficient materials to create more greener and sustainable neighbourhoods. These houses will be approved by the National Home Builders Registration Council.

The Municipality’s Executive Committee today, 9/06/2015, approved a proposal to roll out alternative housing and servicing technologies in various housing projects. 

This is the first time such technologies are being used for low cost housing delivery.

To date contractors have been appointed to delivery 800 units constructed using the alternative building method. 

On 11 November 2013, the Bid Adjudication Committee approved the award for the building of 20 show houses to 20 service providers. The show houses served as a platform to assess the different housing technologies available and select a suitable alternative technology model to improve housing delivery. 

A few show houses were built at sites across the Municipality and this was done in order to evaluate many aspects related to compliance with building regulations and cost, functionality, longevity, post construction maintenance, among others.

The assessment of alternative technology show houses also considered the quality and strength, thermal and environmental considerations, creation of employment opportunities and post construction maintenance. 

The demonstration houses met technical, financial and social requirements. Services will include water, sanitation, pathways, retaining walls, roads and storm water drainage.

City Manager Sibusiso Sithole said that the project will be delivered based on the current approved budgets. 

“The intention of Council is to fast track service delivery by exploring the market for alternative technologies and service,” said Sithole. 

He added that that the advantage of the alternative housing technologies is that a house can be built in approximately eight days, while conventional methods take up to 14 days to complete. 

Sithole said that some of the service providers will be setting up manufacturing plants for their products and will be providing training and job opportunities thus contributing in the enhancement of the local economy.

The first phase will include the housing projects in the following areas: Burlington Greenfields Extension, Cornubia (Phase 1(b), Craigieburn in Umkhomazi, Emalangeni Phase 2 in Mpumalanga, Kennedy Road (Dodoma Place), Klaarwater, Klaar water Station, Sandton Place (Phase 3) and Kanku in Isipingo.

CITY PLANNING COMMISSION TO DRIVE DURBAN’S LONG-TERM DEVELOPMENT PLANS

EThekwini Municipality recently established the City Planning Commission, the first in the country, which is an advisory think-tank body appointed by Council to propel the Municipality’s long term vision and strategic plan.

The formation of the Commission is also part of the City’s institutional transformation, in an endeavour to strengthen and build an efficient administration.

City Manager Sibusiso Sithole said the main objective of the Commission is to guide the Municipality on a wide range of issues pertaining to the development of its long term growth and development strategy. This strategy is aligned to the strategic objectives and targets of the National Development Plan and the Provincial Growth and Development Strategy.

The City Planning Commission currently comprises of 14 part-time external commissioners, including a chairperson and deputy chairperson, who were all selected on the basis of their vast skills and expertise.

The Commissioners are individuals who are committed to contribute towards ensuring that Durban becomes a great City as well as fundamentally change the development profile of all its people and consequently shed all vestiges of apartheid colonialism especially from a spatial planning perspective.

Sithole said the executive committee members will meet and interact with the commissioners on 18 June 2015 to discuss key strategic issues for the City.

CIVIC FUNERAL TO BE HELD FOR CLLR JUDY MALQUEENY

EThekwini Municipality will accord the late African National Congress (ANC) PR Councillor Judy Malqueeny a civic funeral. 

Cllr Malqueeny was commended for her role in the fight against oppression and gender based violence. 

She was born on the 29 December 1949, in Durban and was called to rest on the 3 June 2015. 

She joined eThekwini Municipal Council on the 27 February 2008, as an ANC PR Councillor. In 2011 she came back for second term as a PR Councillor and was deployed in Ward 33 Glenwood/Umbilo area. She served on the Finance and Procurement Support Committee.

She will be laid to rest on 14 June 2015. A service will be held at the Durban City Hall.

CITY LAUNCHES PROGRAMMES FOCUSED AT YOUTH DEVELOPMENT

The City will launch a series of youth development programmes this month to commemorate the sacrifice made by the Youth of 1976 and ensure that youth are fully integrated into the mainstream economy. 

The Municipality has established the Youth Development Office as part of the Mayoral programme to ensure that young people are fully integrated into the mainstream economy. 

This office will facilitate the formulation of youth development policies to serve as Council guidelines during the co-ordination and implementation of youth development programmes, provide a wide range of services, opportunities and support to young people.

Under the theme: “Changing people's lives through radical economic transformation and accelerated service delivery”, Mayor James Nxumalo will host various programmes this month targeting the youth.

On Thursday, 11 June 2015, Nxumalo will launch the Mayoral Cup at the Moses Mabhida Stadium comprising of the Football and Netball sporting codes. The event is aimed at encouraging young people to be actively involved in arts, culture, sports, recreation and heritage to create a social cohesive society.

Other events include the Youth Day Commemoration on the 21 June 2015 at People’s Park in Moses Mabhida Stadium, the Youth in Business Summit will be held on the 24 and 25 June 2015 at the Inkosi Albert Luthuli International Convention Centre to encourage an entrepreneurship culture and for young people to start their own businesses. 

The Mayoral Student Financial Aid Relief Fund, which will offer bursaries to learners who come from disadvantaged backgrounds, will be launched on the 26 June 2015. 

ENDS

Issued by eThekwini Municipality’s Communications Head, Tozi Mthethwa.

For more information contact Gugu Mbonambi on 031 311 4855 or email:gugu.mbonambi@durban.gov.za or Princess Nkabane on 031 311 4818 or email:princess.nkabane@durban.gov.za