ETHEKWINI NEWS FLASH
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30 March 2016

EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE DECISIONS
MOTORISTS TO PAY OUTSTANDING TRAFFIC FINES IN FULL

Motorists will be liable to pay their traffic fines in full as of 1 April 2016 as the 50 percent reduction of fines offered by eThekwini Municipality has been withdrawn.

Reduction of traffic fines can now only be done by a prosecutor upon concluding that an offender’s written representations have established good cause.

A report was presented to the Executive Committee today, 30 March 2016, outlining the reasons for the withdrawal of the fine reduction.
The report stated that the decision was taken by the Director of Public Prosecutions to withdraw authority to reduce traffic fines by 50 percent. The Municipality would have to rescind its resolution of 7 December 2012 which allowed for the provision of a 50 percent reduction of old outstanding fines if paid, or if fines were paid within 30 days of being issued and if the offender is not in contempt of court.

The resolution approved the implementation date of 1 December 2012 for the fine reduction which would be terminated upon implementation of the Administrative Adjudication of Road Traffic Offences (AARTO) Act which includes such incentives for payment of fines.

Fine reductions will only be considered upon receipt of written representation from the offender, showing good cause, in line with section 57(4) of the Criminal Procedure Act.

City Manager Sibusiso Sithole said a directive had been issued to the City to review the fine reduction. “It is important that the public is made aware of this change. It must be noted that what is happening is not extraordinary, these changes are in line with the Constitution. The decision will be implemented by the end of the week,” he said.

NEXT PHASE OF THE POINT WATERFRONT DEVELOPMENT TO BEGIN
It’s all systems go for the revolutionary Point Waterfront development with the infrastructure roll-out plan for the project expected to begin in June.

A project update report on the development was tabled before the Executive Committee, outlining challenges and changes to the development.

A review of the framework plan was done in 2015 to address a number of identified shortcomings. This assisted in creating a new, more powerful vision for the area that would attract residents, workers and visitors. Critical to this new vision is a proposed increase in bulk rights to create a more dense and vibrant hub that anchors the southern end of the Point area.

The proposed increase in bulk rights potentially grants the developer, development rights up to 750 000 square metres. It is envisaged that this increase in bulk, together with other scheme amendments, would provide the necessary stimulus to renew interest in the Point area.

Approximately 200 000 square metres of the approved bulk has been developed. The remaining 550 000 square metres is still to be developed as well as the supporting infrastructure which includes the proposed promenade extension from uShaka to Vetches Pier (Harbour entrance channel) to create a wrap around promenade.

Other proposed world class development includes high rise developments along the waterfront and buildings in excess of 55 storeys, incorporating innovative designs and materials as well as infrastructure which include roads, public transport, water, sewer and electricity, to support the development.

EThekwini Municipality will be responsible for providing the infrastructure including the elevated promenade to support the development.
This project is seen as one of the key catalysts for the redevelopment and regeneration of the entire inner-City providing housing, employment, commercial, retail and recreational facilities for eThekwini residents. In turn, the inner-City will be a catalyst for stimulating economic growth in the entire region and province.

This project is significant to the growth of the City and region as a whole.

City Manager Sibusiso Sithole said only one appeal was received regarding the proposed development, which was subsequently withdrawn. He said officials had been working hard behind the scenes to keep all concerned stakeholders updated on progress made.

Sithole said there were no appeals lodged regarding the environmental impact assessment of the project which was another positive sign.
“We are ready to start infrastructure roll-out in June. It means it is all systems go for the Point Waterfront Development. We are in a position where we can say the development will happen. Come 2022 when we will be hosting the Commonwealth Games, some phases of this project would have already been implemented,” he said.

Deputy Mayor Nomvuzo Shabalala said she supported this development fully and was confident all the work would be up to standard. Speaker Logie Naidoo said while it has taken some time to reach this stage of the project, he was happy with the progress made thus far including that only one appeal was lodged.

“This is real development for the City, we will have skyscrapers that will change the skyline of Durban. This project is exciting,” Naidoo said.
Sithole assured the Committee that there would be added benefits for the City including skills development.

“The issue of empowerment is central to this project and the role we play. This is also an opportunity to train officials in project management and learn from our Malaysian counterparts. This will build our internal capacity and the skills will be transferred to other catalytic projects to be implemented in the City,” he added.

ENDS

Issued by eThekwini Municipality’s spokesperson, Thulani Mbatha.

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