ETHEKWINI NEWS FLASH
 
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
 
26 February 2019
 
Executive Committee Decisions
 
CITY TO PURCHASE ADDITIONAL LAND TO ERADICATE INFORMAL SETTLEMENTS
 
An additional R199 million will be spent this financial year to purchase three parcels of land across the City as part of eThekwini Municipality’s strategic strategy to eliminate informal settlements.
 
The additional amount was approved as part of the Adjustment Budget for the 2018/19 financial year at an Executive Committee meeting held today, 26 February.
 
This is an addition to the R25 million that has already been spent this financial year by the Human Settlements Unit to purchase land in a bid to eradicate informal settlements and fast track service delivery in communities.
 
The approval of funding to purchase additional land was welcomed by the Executive Committee who remain committed to efficient and effective service delivery.
 
CITY TO SKILL 200 UNEMPLOYED YOUTH IN PLUMBING AND ELECTRICAL WORK
 
The City will be training 200 unemployed youth through the artisan Development Programme over three years, specifically in plumbing and electrical courses.
 
This follows the tabling of a report at an Executive Committee meeting held today, 26 February for the Municipality to accept grant funding of R33 million from the Energy and Water Sector Education and Training Authority (SETA) to implement the Artisan Development Programme: Plumbing and Electrical for 200 beneficiaries.
 
The tabled report grants authority for the City’s Chief Learning Officer to enter into a service level agreement with the procured professional training provider in order to deliver and monitor as well as report on progress made.
 
Acting Deputy City Manager of the Corporate and Human Resources Cluster Dr Mpilo Ngubane said youth will be selected for the programme from a City database.
 
“We have advertised on a number of occasions for youth, who qualified, to register on a database to participate in such programmes. We renew and add new recipients to the database every three years. We advertised in November last year to be added to the database,” he said.
 
This initiative is part of the Artisan Development Programme which was approved by Council in 2016. The programme had a targeted output of 10 000 trained artisans in various trades which required a budget of R741 million for the duration of the programme. Due to the cost, the City was unable to implement the programme at once with phases being rolled out instead.
 
The report states that the initial phase of implementation, partly funded by the Municipality, targeted more than 500 beneficiaries who were enrolled for three years. The programme will be ending between December and June 2020.
 
The Energy and Water SETA has granted R33 million to the Municipality to enrol 200 beneficiaries over three years. The funding approved to undertake 100 electricians and 100 plumbers. Adding to the existing number of enrolled, the total number of beneficiaries of the programme is 735.
 
The starting date of the programme is 1 March.
 
CITY TO SIGN MOU’S TO IMPROVE DISASTER MANAGEMENT RESPONSE
 
EThekwini Municipality will enter into a memorandum of understanding (MOU) with the South African Weather Service to supplement the City’s Forecast Early Warning System. This follows the tabling of the Human Settlements and Infrastructure Committee report at an Executive Committee meeting held today, 26 February.
 
The signing of the MOU is being done in an effort to improve how the Municipality actively deals with disasters and to reduce the risk to lives and infrastructure.
 
The tabled report mandates City Manager Sipho Nzuza to sign an MOU with the South African Weather Service on behalf of the Municipality.
 
In addition to further strengthen its response to disaster management, the City will also be entering into an MOU with the Council of Scientific and Industrial Research to further supplement the Forecast Early Warning System. This is being done to manage the impact of coastal disasters and provide research opportunities on climate change and coastal patterns affecting the City and its residents.
 
The second tabled report, also from the Human Settlements and Infrastructure Committee report, grants authority to Nzuza to sign a MOU with Council of Scientific and Industrial Research.
 
ENDS
 
Issued by the eThekwini Municipality’s Acting Head of Communications Mandla Nsele.
 
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