ETHEKWINI NEWS FLASH
 
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
 
20 March 2018
 
EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE DECISIONS
 
MAYOR SAYS CITY LEADERSHIP IS WILLING TO ENGAGE WITH AGGRIEVED PARTIES INCLUDING BUSINESS FORUMS
 
While eThekwini Mayor Zandile Gumede and City Manager Sipho Nzuza are willing to meet with aggrieved parties in the City, including business forums, Mayor Gumede reiterated that she did not support any form of anarchy.
 
Speaking at an Executive Committee meeting today, 20 March, Mayor Gumede said she wants to put it on record that she does not support anarchy.
 
“We have created a platform to engage with all business forums but we will not tolerate any anarchy. Our support for radical economic transformation means that we want to see our people benefiting from the economy. This should be done within the law and not through the disruption of services and projects. Stopping of projects will chase away investors and disrupt our job creation plan,” she said.
 
She said the City has strengthened the Area Base Management Unit in order to deal with issues at the local level.
 
“They will be coordinating with all stakeholder forums. I have also asked the City Manager to deal with officials who are working with forums in order to sabotage the City,” she said.
 
FURTHER SOLUTIONS NEEDED TO STEM TIDE OF KILLINGS AT HOSTELS – CITY TO MEET WITH POLICE
 
EThekwini Mayor Zandile Gumede expressed her deepest condolences to the families of those who were killed over the weekend at the KwaMashu and Glebelands hostels.
 
She said a meeting with the provincial police would be called by eThekwini Deputy Mayor Fawzia Peer in her capacity as chairperson of the Security and Emergency Services Committee.
 
Mayor Gumede, speaking at an Executive Committee meeting held today, 20 March, said they are concerned about violence, crime and killings at the hostels.
 
“We have to look at mechanisms that will assist us in dealing with crime. We have tried many solutions already such as increased police presence but the killings continue. However, we will not give up. We will work with national and provincial government to find a lasting and better solution. No one has the right to take another life. We will discuss further what more we can do,” she said.
 
LAND IDENTIFIED WITH ENOUGH BURIAL SPACE FOR AT LEAST 50 YEARS
 
EThekwini Municipality is committed to finding a solution to the issue of land for burial in both the short term and long term, said eThekwini Mayor Zandile Gumede. She was speaking at an Executive Committee meeting held today, 20 March.
 
Said Mayor Gumede: “We hold a strong view that the expropriation of land without compensation resolution that is before Parliament will assist us in dealing with this matter.”
 
She said the Municipality has identified suitable land in Vulamehlo, Cato Ridge and Hammersdale for cemetery space. It is envisaged that with their capacity, the sites will last for at least 50 years before they fill up, she said.
 
Mayor Gumede added that two sites have been identified for crematoria in Phoenix and Umkhomazi.
 
“In line with our human rights we are willing to correct and amend certain laws if they are unconstitutional. We have no agenda to punish the poor especially our African people. We respect every culture and religion in the City. We are working hard trying to address the issue of Mobeni Heights Crematorium which remains a thorny issue. We are a caring City, we care about our people and their rights,” said Mayor Gumede.
 
UPDATE ON STORM DAMAGE TO CEMETERIES
 
The Parks, Cemeteries and Recreation Unit will start planning rehabilitation projects for the Cemeteries Department following the tabling of an addendum report on the disaster storm incident which occurred late last year. The addendum report was tabled at an Executive Committee (Exco) meeting held today, 20 March.
 
The tabled report amended a previous report dated 23 October 2017 which was submitted to the Office of the City Manager through the Disaster Management and Emergency Control Unit. This report was approved by the Executive Committee in January.
 
At the time of the report compilation, the Parks, Culture and Recreation Unit were still quantifying the extent of damage within their Unit, which resulted in the shortfall that cemeteries was not included in the report tabled at Exco. A quantified submission was later submitted to Disaster Management in order to amend the original report to take into consideration the new damages reported.
 
The tabled report states that all departments within the Parks, Culture and Recreation Unit submitted their information in the first report except cemeteries. The funding required under capital budget for the Cemeteries Department is R19.8 million for the rehabilitation of internal roads and fencing with an additional amount of R2.7 million required under the operational budget required for tree felling.
 
Therefore, the Unit has adjusted its total amount to R27.5 million for all repairs which includes infrastructural damage to;
 
• 20 libraries,
• 1 heritage site,
• 3 museums,
• 23 pools,
• 21 halls,
• 3 parks,
• 4 sports facilities and
• 13 cemeteries.
 
Damage caused includes trees falling on infrastructure, flooding, roofs blowing away and collapsed trees. Damage was also caused to internal roads and fencing.
 
The approval of the report authorises the Parks, Cemeteries and Recreation Unit to start planning rehabilitation projects for the Cemeteries Department.
 
ENDS
 
Issued by the eThekwini Municipality’s Head of Communications Tozi Mthethwa.
 
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