ETHEKWINI NEWS FLASH
 
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
 
25 April 2017
 
Executive Committee Decisions
 
PROPERTY VALUE OBJECTION PERIOD EXTENDED
 
The deadline for eThekwini residents to submit objections to the General Valuation Roll 2017 has been extended to 16 May 2017.
A report, tabled at the Executive Committee meeting held today, 25 April, stated that the initial closing date for objections was 31 March 2017. The period was then extended to 2 May before being extended by another two weeks.
 
In terms of the Municipality Property Rates Act, municipalities are required to revalue properties every four years for rating purposes. EThekwini Municipality advertised the third General Valuation Roll on 10 February 2017. The Act requires that the roll must be open for inspection for not less than 30 days from the date of the last advertisement.
 
EThekwini Mayor Zandile Gumede said they have worked hard to ensure the valuations were a fair and transparent process.
 
She said residents who were unhappy after inspecting the Roll had the opportunity to lodge an objection as well as an appeal.
 
Customers are advised that staff are situated on the ground floor of the 75 Dr Langalibalele Street building who will accept objection forms and deal with any queries arising from the valuation process.
 
Objection forms may also be handed in at any of eThekwini Municipality’s Sizakala Centres or can be scanned and emailed to val.roll@durban.gov.za
 
Valuations may be inspected via the City’s website www.durban.gov.za or directly from http://www.durban.gov.za:89/propertysearch.htm
ETHEKWINI READY TO HOST WORLD ECONOMIC FORUM IN AFRICA
 
Durban is ready to host the 27th World Economic Forum (WEF) in Africa taking place from 3-5 May 2017 at the Inkosi Albert Luthuli International Convention Centre (ICC). A number of exciting side events are also scheduled to take place in the City during the conference.
 
The theme of the Forum is “Driving economic transformation in Africa through inclusive growth models” and over 1 100 participants are expected to attend. This includes 21 heads of state who have been invited, Forum member companies, representatives from government, international organisations, civil society, academia, media and the arts.
 
The Forum will comprise a three-day programme that will include high level sessions, working lunches, workshops and televised panels.
 
A report tabled before the Executive Committee today, 25 April, provided a progress update of the event as well as the City’s financial contribution and assistance with regard to road closures around the venue, emergency medical services, traffic control, Metro Police and parking.
The South African delegation attending the Forum will include National Ministers, limited provincial and City leadership including eThekwini Mayor Zandile Gumede, as well as members of the private sector invited by the Presidency.
 
The report said the WEF has decided to hold its next Africa meetings at the ICC in 2019 and 2021.
 
Side events taking place, to be hosted in partnership by eThekwini Municipality and the Province, include the Youth Breakfast Discussion on 3 May from 06h30 to 08h30. The breakfast will engage with young leaders on the role that the youth can play in supporting Africa to achieve ‘inclusive growth’. Participants will include the WEF Young Global Leaders and Global Shapers, local young professional and youth from local tertiary institutions.
 
A welcome reception will also be hosted on 3 May.
 
A Thought Leaderships Breakfast will be held on 4 May and will focus on the role of South Africa and other key African Markets in Africa’s developmental agenda. It will include a discussion panel to be attended by relevant stakeholders. A Mokete/cultural event will be held on 4 May and is the official cultural soiree and is hosted by the President of South Africa.
 
The Made in Africa 2017 Fashion, Arts and Culture Pop-Up Market is also scheduled to take place under the theme: “Designed in Africa. Made in Africa. For the World.” The programme will include exhibitions, panel discussions, master classes and a fashion/cultural showcase.
 
Acting Deputy City Manager for Economic Development and Planning, Phillip Sithole said there were numerous benefits for the City as the host of the prestigious event.
 
These benefits included the estimated 3 000 visitors expected to travel to Durban for the conference as well as significant trade, investment and tourism marketing opportunities and profiling of Durban.
 
“The City won the bid to host this event, beating other bidding cities. As a result, a number of high profile investors are coming to our City.
 
International media will also be covering the event. It is a good opportunity to change perceptions of the City as well as attract investment,” Sithole said.
 
Governance and Human Resources chairwoman Barbara Fortein said when conferences were hosted in the City it created a positive ripple effect.
“We see increased hotel occupancy, restaurants are visited and jobs are created even if it is in the short term,” she said.
 
Deputy Mayor Fawzia Peer welcomed the conference saying the City needed further investment.
 
DURBAN TO BID TO HOST TOURISM INDABA
 
EThekwini Municipality will bid to host the successful Tourism Indaba, Africa’s largest travel show, for the next five years.
 
The City, together with the Department of Economic Development, Tourism and Environmental Affairs, the Inkosi Albert Luthuli International Convention Centre and Tourism KwaZulu-Natal, have hosted the Tourism Indaba previously for more than 20 years.
 
The Executive Committee tabled a report requesting permission for eThekwini Municipality to submit a proposal to South African Tourism to host the Indaba from 2018 to 2022 in Durban.
 
EThekwini is hosting the Tourism Indaba later this year.
 
The report stated that hosting the Tourism Indaba is of strategic importance in positioning and marketing the City of Durban globally. It contributes an average of R200 million Gross Domestic Profit into eThekwini region’s economy, improves the hotel occupancy rate to 99 percent during the week of the Indaba with bed and breakfast establishments seeing an occupancy rate of over 70 percent.
 
Over 120 day jobs are created for 10 days with the marketing exposure of Durban being huge as the host City. The successful hosting of Indaba has assisted in positioning Durban as a “Big Events” City.
 
EThekwini has budgeted R15 986 000 in the 2017/18 financial year to host the event. This includes Durban Tourism’s own Indaba stand and marketing costs. The estimated future cost will escalate by 6 percent annually to host the event.
 
Acting Deputy City Manager for Economic Development and Planning, Phillip Sithole said it was important for the City to bid to host the Indaba given the numerous economic benefits.
 
He said the announcement of the successful bid City will be made at this year’s Indaba.
 
Acting City Manager Dumisile Nene said hosting the Indaba would further assist the City in positioning itself as a destination of choice for conferences and events.
 
TAKING THE BUDGET AND IDP TO COMMUNITIES
 
Residents in eThekwini will have the opportunity to engage Municipal officials on the City’s proposed budget, as well as aspects of the Integrated Development Plan (IDP) which shapes development and drives service delivery in the City.
 
The Executive Committee approved a report outlining the 2017/18 Budget Hearing and IDP Consultation Roadshows.
 
The public participation process for the Budget and IDP Roadshows are organised in line with Section 16 of the Municipal Systems Act.
 
EThekwini Mayor Zandile Gumede has emphasised the need of ensuring that all 110 wards of eThekwini are afforded an opportunity to have input on the budget. For this reason, a schedule of ward based hearings has been developed. The ward based hearings will culminate in regional hearings which will take place in the six regions of eThekwini. In addition to this, the budget will also be presented to traditional leadership and the cultural, religious and business sectors.
 
There will be 119 sessions of IDP Budget Hearings in three segments. This includes 110 ward meetings, six regional meetings with a capacity of 3 000 and three hearings for sector level.
 
The ward hearings started on April 24 and will continue throughout May. Regional IDP Budget Hearings will be held on 3 May at the Clermont Stadium in the Outer West, at Curries Fountain on 4 May in Central West and the Princess Magogo Stadium on 5 May in North Central. On 6 May a regional hearing will be held at Tongaat sportsfield in the North, on 17 May at King Zwelithini Stadium in South Central and on 18 May at Adams Mission Stadium in the South.
 
Residents can contact their ward councillors for details of ward meetings.
 
ENDS
 
Issued by the eThekwini Municipality’s Head of Communications Tozi Mthethwa.
 
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