ETHEKWINI NEWS FLASH
 
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
 
23 March 2016
 
Executive Committee Decisions
 
CEREMONY TO BESTOW FREEDOM OF THE CITY TO CIVIL RIGHTS MOVEMENT ACTIVIST
 
The ceremony to bestow the Freedom of the City to Ambassador Andrew Young, Jr of the United States of America will take place on Sunday, 27 March 2016.
 
This was approved at the Executive Committee meeting held today, 23 March 2016.
 
Young will become only the second political stalwart to receive this honour after late former President Nelson Mandela.
The event will include a procession, followed by a ceremony at City Hall and a reception at uShaka Marine World for a limited number of guests. This would include representatives from the Andrew Young Foundation.
 
The decision to bestow the honour on Young, Jr was taken at an earlier Executive Committee meeting.
EThekwini Mayor James Nxumalo said the event deserved to be dignified to honour Young, Jr and his contribution to the City and its people.
 
Young, the former Mayor of Atlanta, who became the first African American to serve as the US Ambassador to the United Nations, had close links with Civil Rights Movement stalwart, the late Dr Martin Luther King, Jr.
 
While Ambassador Young, Jr was Mayor of Atlanta in the early 1990s, the diplomat assisted the people of KwaZulu-Natal, and Durban in particular, a great deal by providing much needed books, medical supplies and communication equipment.
He and the late Reverend James Orange supported the African Renaissance Conference which has become an annual feature at the Inkosi Albert Luthuli International Convention Centre in Durban.
 
For his role in the struggle for freedom, President Jacob Zuma honoured Ambassador Young with a highest order, for a non-South African – the Order of Companion of OR Tambo.
 
CITY TO DEAL WITH THREATS TO SERVICE DELIVERY
 
EThekwini Mayor James Nxumalo has reassured residents that measures were being taken to investigate alleged threats against contractors as well as protests experienced recently throughout the City.
 
Nxumalo said he has assigned the Deputy Head of the Mayor’s Office to compile a report regarding the latest incidents of alleged intimidation by Delangokubona as well as protests experienced in the City recently especially in the Umlazi area. He said this report would be presented to the Executive Committee and would present a way forward.
 
A letter was handed to Nxumalo today during the Executive Committee meeting where a construction company alleged the Delangokubona had intimidated staff and prevented them from doing work since last week.
 
Nxumalo said these allegations would be investigated as they were given assurances that the group would not disrupt services in the City as a tactic to voice their concerns.
 
“They have given us assurances that they will use the City’s formal processes to raise their concerns. The report will indicate the best approach to take as a City on this issue as well as that of protests,” he said.
 
CITY TO ASSIST DISPLACED FOREIGN NATIONALS
 
A task team has been established to look into the issue of foreign nationals who were displaced by the xenophobic attacks experienced in the City in March last year.
 
Around 150 displaced adults and children were living on a farm in Cato Ridge but have since decided to move back into the City. The group are currently on the pavements of Dr Yusuf Dadoo Street.
 
EThekwini Mayor James Nxumalo said a task team would be created to assist the displaced foreign nationals. This includes officials from the City, provincial government, police and Home Affairs Department.
 
A report would be compiled and presented to the Executive Committee with recommendations on how best to assist the foreign nationals, he added.
 
ENDS
Issued by eThekwini Municipality’s Communications Head, Tozi Mthethwa.
 
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