ETHEKWINI NEWS FLASH

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27 October 2015

Executive Committee Decisions

EThekwini To Host A Number Of Events Over The Festive Period

EThekwini will definitely be a hive of activity and the place to be this festive season, as a number of diverse events are lined up to ensure Durban Sunsational Summer Season is a success.

The Executive Committee today, 27 October 2015 approved a report outlining events the City would be hosting in partnership over this busy holiday period. The City will be investing over R7 million in the various events. The returns on this investment are numerous as Durban will be marketed as a destination of choice ensuring a number of visitors will return to the City. It will also have a direct impact on the City’s local economy.

The report before the Executive Committee stated that the City has strategically positioned itself as a premium tourism and events City within the global space. The approach to hosting the various events is aligned to the recently launched Durban Visitors’ Strategy in taking Durban to the world.

The key focus of the partnership is to endorse territorial marketing and promotion, economic development and job creation.

The events have the ability to attract visitors, in-bound specifically, for events. 

Some of the events lined up are;

•The INK Hip Hop Festival on October 31. The festival will be staged in the Inanda, Ntuzuma and KwaMashu (INK) Townships. The objective of hosting the event is to expose the beauty, history and tourism attractions of the INK area to national and local visitors. The festival will also provide a platform for various local artists as well as having economic spinoffs for local businesses;

•Indlamu Cultural and Traditional Festival will be held in December. The event will be hosted in three rural locations of eThekwini Municipality namely Wards 2, 93 and 100. Indlamu is a Zulu cultural dance that a majority of the KwaZulu-Natal population prides itself in. The event will serve as a vehicle to attract tourists into rural parts of eThekwini thus promoting rural tourism;

•The Joyous Celebration event on December 19 to commemorate 20 years of the production. They will be doing a live DVD and CD recording at Moses Mabhida Stadium. The event is expected to attract local, national and international visitors;

•Durban Underground on 25 December which will serve as a platform for emerging Durban artists;

•Durban Beach Festival to be held from 26 December to 1 January 2016. This is a great outdoor experience for families and will create economic opportunities for informal traders;

•Durban Jazz Festival on 26 December. The annual event has become a fixture on the local calendar;

•Popular gospel artist Andile KaMajola concert will be held at the Moses Mabhida Stadium on 6 November;

•The launch of the Amambazo Night of the Legends on 3 December to commemorate the 55th anniversary of Ladysmith Black Mambazo.

Other events to be hosted in partnership with the City over this period include Fact Durban Rocks from 31 December to 1 January 2016 and the Umgababa New Year’s Picnic on 1 January.

Speaker Logie Naidoo said events such as these ensured Durban continued to be the leading events City in the country. 

“The City hosts a number of events across the spectrum to cater for all residents including cultural and international artists. We are number one in South Africa for domestic tourism and eventing. The returns (for the City) from hosting events are significant,” said Naidoo.

Head of Business Support, Tourism and Markets in eThekwini Philip Sithole said the financial contribution from the City differed for the various events depending on what was needed. 

He said these events were important as they promoted the City on various platforms with some of the annual events becoming a must-attend fixture on the social calendar.

DURBAN SPORTING ACADEMY PLAN MOVES AHEAD

A public participation process regarding the Durban football academy will soon get underway. This was presented to the Executive Committee today, 27 October 2015. 

The public process participation is a requirement in terms of Regulation 34 (3)(b) and Regulation 35 of the Municipal Asset Transfer Regulation for a period of 30 days. The local community will be invited to submit comments and make representations. Comments will also be solicited from the National and Provincial Treasury.

The academy will be built on the property surrounding Masabalala Yengwa Avenue, Smiso Nkwanyana Road and Jacko Jackson Drive in Stamford Hill.

A memorandum of agreement was signed between the Municipality, the KwaZulu-Natal Department of Sports and Recreation and Hoy Park Management in June.

In October Council resolved to a 30 year lease on the existing buildings on the premises to Hoy Park Management for the development of the Sports Academy. 

The objectives of the facility are to promote athletic excellence as well as provide education opportunities, promote a healthy lifestyle and positive values while creating social awareness and responsibility. The academy will also provide a fully equipped facility with technology and expertise to encourage physical, tactical, technical, mental and social aspects of the culture of sports and life skills.

The Soccer Academy will every year bring one of the top international football teams to Durban to play an international game which will be televised to over 105 countries and raise funds for the operating costs of the centre. The academy will aim to be the flagship of South African sport by providing talented children, both boys and girls, the opportunity to become professional footballers.

The academy will be providing 120 children with accommodation, education, social skills, religion and financial assistance.

The centre will also provide other sporting modalities with access to the finest training facilities, training camps and offices on site for sports including netball, basketball, volleyball, tennis, athletics and gymnastics.

The academy will promote the City as a prime destination for international and local teams for preseason and season camps and will attract foreign investment and exposure internationally.

INKOSI ALBERT LUTHULI INTERNATIONAL CONVENTION CENTRE LIKELY TO MANAGE THE RUNNING OF THE MOSES MABHIDA STADIUM

A proposal for Moses Mabhida Stadium to be incorporated under the Inkosi Albert Luthuli International Convention Centre (ICC) was made to the Executive Committee today, 27 October 2015.

However, the matter was not finalised as two Committees, namely the Finance and Procurement Committee and Community and Emergency Services Committee, still have to approve the proposal.

The Executive Committee will tomorrow, 28 October 2015, seek the mandate from Council to make the final decision once the two Committees have met and the presentation made to them about the proposal.

If this is approved, the final decision regarding the proposal will be made by the Executive Committee when it is brought before them again.

A number of models were explored regarding the management of the stadium including it functioning as a Municipal entity or as an independent operator. However, managing it as part of an existing entity was the preferred model as the entity already existed and there was no need to create a new board. 

Preliminary talks have been held with ICC Management and the City has received positive feedback regarding the proposal.

The stadium was initially built for Durban to become a host City for the FIFA 2010 World Cup.

The long-term vision was not to create a football stadium to only host the global event but for it to become a landmark multi-purpose entertainment facility and precinct that is open seven days a week.

The stadium offers a number of unique experiences including the SkyCar, adventure walk, stadium tours, Big Rush Swing, Segway tours and a kiddies splay area. There is also a gym, retail and restaurants on offer.

CITY DELEGATION TO ATTEND PARIS CLIMATE CHANGE CONFERENCE

The Executive Committee today, 27 October 2015, approved a report for an eThekwini delegation to attend the 21st conference of the parties’ annual climate change negotiations (Cop21) to be held in Paris, France from 1 – 10 December 2015.

EThekwini Mayor Cllr James Nxumalo and six officials, including five councillors and a protocol officer, will attend the event.

The annual Conference of the Parties (Cop) will meet for the 21st time in Paris later this year. During the Cop21, an agreement has to be reached that legally binds all nations to address climate change. This conference represents the last opportunity to finalise the details of the agreement reached in Durban in 2011 via the Durban Platform for Enhanced Action. 

Deputy Mayor Nomvuzo Shabalala said it was important for officials to attend the event as climate change was a serious issue.

“This is an important event and we as eThekwini need to be there to ensure officials are up to date on the latest information on climate change,” she said.

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​

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