ETHEKWINI NEWS FLASH
 
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
 
19 October 2016
 
Executive Committee Decisions
 
ROOTING OUT CORRUPTION IN THE CITY
 
EThekwini Mayor Zandile Gumede reiterated her commitment to rooting out corruption in the City and ensuring good governance during her weekly report back to the Executive Committee today, 19 October.
 
Gumede urged Municipal officials and the public to report any suspicions they may have of corrupt behaviour immediately to the City’s Integrity and Investigations Unit to be thoroughly investigated.
 
“As I said in my inaugural speech, I am serious about tackling corruption in the City. This cannot be done overnight as processes have to be followed. I will report back to this Committee on progress made in this regard,” she said.
 
Her commitment that the City means business and can be trusted to efficiently manage the public purse is evident in the Back to Basics Report for August 2016. The report states that 219 fraud and corruption instances were reported in August, with forensic investigations initiated for all the cases.
 
There were 45 disciplinary cases instituted on fraud and corruption during August with seven dismissals for fraud and corruption during the month. Furthermore, sanctions have been made against perpetrators of fraud, corruption and maladministration.
Gumede, in her address, said eThekwini was a caring City and this was evident through the various initiatives to empower residents.
 
Essence Festival to showcase local talent
 
Gumede said to further promote the Essence Festival, which will be taking place in the City from 8-13 November 2016 at the Durban’s Inkosi Albert Luthuli International Convention Centre and Moses Mabhida Stadium, a social media campaign was launched outside the Durban City Hall during the Rhythm of the City “lunch hour” Concert.
 
“These lunch hour concerts provide a platform for youth to showcase their talent to a wider audience. There is also a lot of hype surrounding the Essence Festival being hosted in eThekwini next month.”
 
The Essence Festival will include music, concerts, business seminars, craft and arts, a technology village, fashion as well as youth and women empowerment conferences.
 
Raising awareness about blindness and visual impairment
 
Gumede said the White Cane Safety Day walk was a resounding success. The march through the city centre was to raise awareness about blindness and visual impairment.
 
Municipal leadership and City officials joined blind and visually impaired people from all walks of life and during the walk from King Dinuzulu Park to the Durban City Hall holding banners and placards which carried educational messages on the role and use of white canes.
 
Mayoral stakeholder engagements
 
Gumede added that the Mayoral Stakeholder Engagement session held on 13 October at the Durban City hall was also a resounding success. “Over 2 000 delegates attended the meeting where I shared my vision for the City and what I wanted to achieve during my tenure. It was also an opportunity to let the delegates know that we are launching our various committees to ensure efficient service delivery.”
 
IMPROVING SERVICES TO THE PUBLIC THROUGH PUBLIC SERVICE WEEK
 
A high-level delegation comprising senior political leadership and officials will visit various service delivery sites in eThekwini to assess the working environment of staff and evaluate the level of service rendered to the public.
 
These visits will be rolled out from October and are aimed at inculcating a culture of excellence in the public service, instil and rebuild good ethics, morale and professionalism.
 
A report tabled before the Executive Committee today outlined the rollout in eThekwini which has been divided into five regions that will be visited by teams during Public Service Week.
 
Public Service Week forms part of Public Service Month which is an important national Batho Pele vehicle. The roll-out will be from October to December. Councillors from each sub-committee in the City will be assigned to the teams.
 
Public Service Month is a service delivery mechanism aimed at strengthening visibility and access by taking quality services closer to where people live. It is an annual service delivery event embraced by all spheres of government.
 
As part of the visits, there will be engagement sessions with ratepayers as well as exhibitions, campaign initiatives and interventions. This an opportunity to take services to the people and assess the progress of implemented programmes.
 
Teams will visit service centres in five regions such as Sizakala Customer Service Centres, libraries and clinics to assess the service offered to the public and how it can be improved.
 
ENDS
 
Issued by eThekwini Municipality’s Head of Communications, Tozi Mthethwa.
 
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Princess Nkabane on 031 311 4818 or princess.nkabane@durban.gov.za
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