ETHEKWINI NEWS FLASH
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
25 August 2015
EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE DECISIONS
CITY TO LAUNCH AUDIT SKILLS PROGRAMME

EThekwini Municipality knows that people are its most vital asset and Council is therefore dedicated to equipping them with skills to help accelerate service delivery as well as grow the local economy.

A decision taken by the Executive Committee today, 25 August 2015, to launch the Community Skills Audit Programme reaffirms this commitment.

The Municipal Academy and Communications Unit have partnered for the launch of the Community Skills Audit Programme.
The purpose of the programme is to determine the existing and deficient skills in communities to enlighten under-utilised human capital which can be re-invested into creating a viable local economy.

The audit will also pinpoint areas in which training and education are needed so that suitable interventions can be developed and implemented.

The audit is being carried out in the South Durban Basin as a pilot and will be rolled out across the Municipality in September.
The skills audit data collection component will be rolled out for a period of three months, and thereafter data will be analysed, packaged and populated into the EThekwini Municipal Database Information System, where it will be easily accessible to authorised users.
The event will officially be launched by the Mayor Cllr James Nxumalo in September at the Durban Exhibition Centre and will mark the official roll-out of the programme.

The cost of the community event will be R245 000 which includes the cost of the venue, parking, transport and catering. Chairman of the Human Settlements and Infrastructure Committee Cllr Nigel Gumede said the launch of the programme will bring together people from different communities and inform them of relevant City programmes.

He said they would return to their communities informed and would be able to disseminate the information. “Everything we do as the Municipality is so that the people can benefit,” Gumede said.

Nondumiso Cele, chairwoman of the Governance and Human Resources Committee praised the programme saying there was a need to raise awareness of skills development in communities.

Fawzia Peer, chairwoman of the Finance and Procurement Committee agreed. “There are deficit skills in the Municipality. It is incumbent on this Municipality to do a skills audit in the community. We have to build the local economy and to do that, you have to invest. When you invest, it is important to invest in people,” said Peer.

MAKING OUR CITY SAFER
The Executive Committee today, 25 August 2015 approved the request for two delegates to attend two Safer Cities events being held in Kenya and Columbia. Attending these informative events would have a positive impact on the City including the plans for urban rejuvenation and ensuring the safety and sustainable growth of the City.

The Executive Committee approved an amended request for a Municipal delegation to travel to Nairobi, Kenya to learn best practices at the African Forum for Urban Safety (AFUS). The heads of department from Safer Cities, iTrump and inter-governmental relations would attend as well as a task team from Safer Cities and iTrump and representatives from Imagine Durban and Municipal Institute of Learning (MILE).
AFUS aims at implementing city wide crime prevention and urban safety.

The EThekwini Municipality and UN-Habitat intend establishing permanent AFUS secretariat in Durban. EThekwini is part of the initiative as it strives to ensure that the City is safe and is a place of harmonious development. The objective of the mission to Kenya will be the establishing of an African AFUS working group, to discuss the terms of reference of both working groups as well as the AFUS Strategic Committee that is chaired by the Mayor Cllr James Nxumalo and to plan the Urban Safety Conference taking place in November 2015.
The two- day working group mission is on Tuesday, 1 September 2015 to Wednesday, 2 September2015.

The Executive Committee also approved a request for a second delegation to travel to Bogota, Colombia to attend the second steering committee meeting and international learning event of the global network on Safer Cities Invitation. The international learning event is being hosted by the Mayor of Bogota Antanas Mockus Šivickas and UN-Habitat under the auspices of the Global Network on Safer Cities.
The event will be held over two days, Monday, 21/09/2015 to Tuesday, 22/09/2015.

The Mayor, and unit heads of Safer Cities and iTrump, Metro Police and two councillors from the Community and Emergency Services Committee will be part of the delegation. The objectives of the mission are to lobby support for the AFUS programme from the African Union and to document best practices in Africa linked to Urban Safety.

MAYOR TO ATTEND PLANNING CONFERENCE IN NETHERLANDS
EThekwini Mayor Cllr James Nxumalo along with a delegation will travel to the Netherlands to attend the 51st International Society of City and Regional Planners (ISOCARP). The event will be held from Monday, 19 October 2015 to Friday, 23 October 2015.
EThekwini has won the bid to host the conference in 2016 and as a result the Mayor has been invited to the Conference in Holland to deliver an address at the Mayors Summit of the conference.

The conference will be an opportunity for the City to market itself and encourage delegates to attend the 2016 conference in Durban.
ISOCARP is a global association of experienced professional planners and was founded in 1965 in an effort to bring together recognised and highly qualified planners in an international network.More than 80 countries are part of the association.

The theme of this year’s conference is “Cities Save The World- Let’s reinvent Planning”. The benefit of this conference is global responses to matters that answers are currently being sought after particularly in planning. What is learnt at the conference can be adapted for use in the South African, and specifically EThekwini, context.

APPOINTMENT OF TWO NEW COUNCILLORS
Two ANC councillor vacancies in eThekwini Municipality have been filled. The appointments followed correspondence received from the Independent Electoral Commission. Councillors Ntombizodwa Enid Mnguni and Margaret Thandi Mabaso have been appointed in the place of the late ANC PR Councillors Judy Mulqueeny and Ntombizizile Cotoza respectively.

ENDS

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

For more information members of the media can contact Gugu Sisilana on 031 311 4855 or email: gugu.mbonambi@durban.gov.za or Princess Nkabane on 031 311 4818 or princess.nkabane@durban.gov.za