FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
 
30 August 2017
 
Executive Committee Decisions
 
MAYOR URGES COUNCILLORS AND PUBLIC TO PRAY FOR THE CITY
 
EThekwini Mayor Zandile Gumede urged councillors, officials and the public to pray for the City and province after a number of gruesome deaths.
Speaking at the Executive Committee meeting today, 30 August she said she was informed about the head of a missing woman who was found in Ward 44 in Inanda with the tongue and eyes removed.
 
“These are serious issues that we need to discuss. The discovery of a head recently as well as reports of cannibalism in Estcourt means we need to pray for our City and country as there are strange incidents happening. Let us pray and God will hear us. That is what I am saying.”
 
Meanwhile, Mayor Gumede thanked officials from local and national government, including ANC Treasurer-General Zweli Mkhize and former African Union Chairperson Dr Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma who attended the funeral of the 19 people who passed away in an accident in KwaXimba recently.
 
She extended her condolences to the families of the deceased saying the situation was very painful.
 
HOUSING SOLUTION FOR HOWELL ROAD BEING SOUGHT
 
EThekwini Mayor Zandile Gumede said the City was working hard to find a solution to human settlement issues in the City.
 
Speaking at an Executive Committee meeting today, 30 August she said the City was still seeking answers regarding the matter of Howell Road residents living in First Metro Properties in Sydenham.
 
“We have a team of officials from the Human Settlements Department and from the Mayor’s Office to deal with the matter. Social Housing is not administrated by the City but by an independent body. However, as the Chairperson of the ANC I had to intervene as we are a caring organisation,” said Mayor Gumede.
 
She said she was addressing the matter to ensure that no one was overlooked in the country.
 
“Those who can afford to pay for housing but did not must be penalised. However, there are those who cannot afford to pay for the housing. We will zoom into this issue and report back to the Executive Committee as I have done now. I am sure something positive will come from this,” Mayor Gumede added.
 
MAYOR PRAISES OFFICIALS FOR KEEPING CITY CLEAN
 
EThekwini Mayor Zandile Gumede commended officials for their hard work in keeping the City clean.
 
Speaking at an Executive Committee meeting today, 30 August, she said of the areas she has visited recently including Avoca and Claremont she noticed how clean they were.
 
“Thank you for making sure our City is clean. Our verges are being maintained and our streets are clean. Cleanliness in the City is not a 100 percent, but we are almost there. We are getting there,” she said.
 
Mayor Gumede said when she was recently in Claremont, she was impressed at the state of cleanliness of the township.
 
“You take pride when you see an area categorised as a township being clean. Even in Ward 13 I noticed how spotless it was. However, if we want to make the City litter free it cannot only be the responsibility of officials. Members of the community must take ownership of their areas and must not litter and must instead use the bins provided.”
 
Mayor Gumede said she is happy that additional bins have been placed in areas where there were no bins.
 
“I am happy that the concerns I have raised about the cleanliness of the City have been addressed. And when there is something positive taking place in the City we need to acknowledge it and give officials a round of applause. I am happy about this,” she added.
 
CITY TO PARTICIPATE IN GOLDEN GAMES
 
EThekwini Municipality officials have said that public funds are in good hands as the City follows prudent, cost cutting measures while maintaining a high level of service delivery.
 
A report tabled at the Executive Committee meeting today, 30 August to implement the Active Ageing Programme through the participation in the provincial and national Golden Games displayed the good fiscal management of the City as the financial implications was reduced by almost R500 000.
 
The Golden Games are an initiative that takes place annually at a local, provincial and national level and were launched in 2009 with the aim of promoting active ageing for senior citizens. Regionals were held between June and July. District selection was done in August. The provincial games will be hosted in the Ugu District Municipality from 12 to 14 September.
 
The eThekwini team will have 125 participants with four officials and 20 councillors also attending.
 
The National Games will be held in KwaZulu-Natal, with the district host still to be named, from 23 to 28 October.
 
As part of the cost cutting measures the City has adopted, the financial implications were reduced from R602 100 to R162 100.
 
The cost saving measure is as a result of securing a sponsor to supply branded tracksuits, shirts, shorts, hats, vests and backpacks for the team.
 
EThekwini Mayor Zandile Gumede welcomed the savings for the City saying City Manager Sipho Nzuza was tasked to secure sponsorship from local businesses for the promotional items for the City.
 
ENDS
 
Issued by the eThekwini Municipality’s Head of Communications Tozi Mthethwa.
 
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