ETHEKWINI NEWS FLASH
 
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
 
16 April 2019
 
Executive Committee Decisions
 
CITY’S PLAN TO ERADICATE HOUSING BACKLOG
 
The Executive Committee today, 16 April tabled a report outlining its plan to eradicate more than 40 years of housing backlog through its focus to find suitable and well located land to deliver houses and eradicate informal settlements and stop land invasions.
 
The report states that in order to address the current housing challenges, the Human Settlements Unit has identified various priority projects which require land acquisition for successful implementation. Over 700 properties are listed in the report.
 
The proposed project will provide service sites for the public to build their own houses as opposed to waiting for a low cost housing to be built for them.
 
The strategic objective of these land acquisitions is to address the shortage of accommodation for people living within informal settlements and to address the housing backlog.
 
The report states that the Real Estate and Human Settlement units will enter into negotiations with the respective property owners for the acquisition or expropriation of the land parcels which are listed in the report. Once this has been undertaken, the Real Estate and Human Settlement units will proceed to obtain the required Municipal and administrative approvals in respect of each property.
 
The report states that the acquisition of the properties will be funded through the Urban Settlements Development Grant funding.
The tabled report grants authority for the heads of the Real Estate and Human Settlements units to negotiate for the acquisition or expropriation of the properties subject to positive pre-screening and feasibilities.
 
Subject to the above and the approval of the Bid Adjudication Committee pursuant to successful negotiations, the heads of the Real Estate and Human Settlements units will be authorised to sign all the documents necessary to effect transfer of the properties to the Municipality.
 
The report goes on to state that in the event that appropriation is deemed necessary, the head of the Real Estate Unit together with the head of the Human Settlements Unit will be authorised to proceed with the expropriation of the properties, subject to the consent of the MEC for Human Settlements being sought for the expropriation and/or required consent in terms of section 190 of the Local Authorities Ordinance.
 
The heads of the Real Estate and Human Settlement units will also be authorised to conclude the compensation agreements and sign all necessary documents to effect registration of the properties in favour of the Municipality.
 
The head of legal Services as well as the head of Security Management will be authorised to take all the necessary steps to protect the acquired properties and prevent unlawful invasion.
 
EThekwini Mayor Zandile Gumede welcomed the report saying it will move the City forward.
 
“We are a caring and progressive City. I am sure that communities will be happy with this plan,” she said.
 
Chairperson of the Human Settlements and Infrastructure Committee Councillor Mondli Mthembu said they were moving away from the expectancy of building low cost housing and instead would give people sites on which to build their own houses.
 
“This report allows the City to deal with the housing issue. A number of people need to be relocated particularly from transit camps where they have lived for years. We cannot rely on the Cornubia development to meet this need alone. Therefore, this system where we provide service sites and allow people will build their own homes will address the backlog,” he said.
 
He said people required access to land.
 
“If we make land available to people they can build their own homes which I am sure will be grander than a low cost house. This report aims to ensure that we maximise access to land for our people,” concluded Councillor Mthembu.
 
ESTABLISHMENT OF GO!DURBAN LEGACY FUND TO BENEFIT THE YOUTH
 
The City has improved in principle the formation of a Go!Durban Legacy Fund and Programme through which all existing and future contributions for social investment and skills development, flowing from requirements in the Go!Durban Empowerment Charter and the Go!Durban Radical Economic Transformation Specification, shall be deposited. This follows the tabling of a report outlining the project at an Executive Committee meeting held today, 16 April.
 
The report lists the following as the strategic objective of the proposed Go!Durban Legacy Fund and Programme;
 
• Provide a platform for all service providers involved in the delivery of the Go!Durban Programme to contribute to the socio-economic development programmes of the City in the form of corporate social investment, as provided for in the Go!Durban Empowerment Charter and the Go!Durban Radical Economic Transformation Specification,
• Youth development and empowerment,
• Fostering innovation and creativity in young people,
• Preparation of young people to be nation builders and,
• Facilitating social cohesion.
 
The key focal areas of the programme include supporting talent in sport especially cycling, recognising creative arts and supporting initiatives in communities aimed at youth development.
 
The report states that a sum of R30 477 324 has been contributed by different business entities, which are or have been involved in the delivery of the Go!Durban programme. It goes on to say that it is now necessary that an appropriate legal vehicle be agreed by the City and the contributing business entities and is set up so that the contributed funds can be utilised.
 
Chairperson of the Human Settlements and Infrastructure Committee Councillor Mondli Mthembu said the project will assist in empowering young people in the City.
 
He stressed the importance of young people living around the corridors of the Go!Durban project, benefiting from the programme.
“It must be correctly implemented to ensure a high amount of beneficiaries especially from the affected areas along the corridors of the Go!Durban project,” he said.
 
A recommendation of the report was that a political oversight committee be established to monitor the programmes implementation and that the prioritisation programme for implementation must be reported by the end of June.
 
CITY TO HOST 2019 MEN’S COSAFA CUP TOURNAMENT
 
The City will host the 2019 Men’s Council of Southern Africa Football Associations (COSAFA) Cup tournament from 25 May to 8 June following the tabling of a report at an Executive Committee meeting today, 16 April.
 
The report states that Bafana Bafana have qualified for the Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON) 2019 Cup which is taking place in Egypt during June/July. And in preparation for the AFCON Cup, the COSAFA Cup will play a pivotal role in getting the team prepared. The report also states that hosting the COSAFA Cup will enhance eThekwini Municipality’s reputation to host major events and contribute to the local economy.
 
The report notes that while South Africa has hosted the COSAFA Cup six times, of which only four of those were as the only host. It also states that South Africa has won the tournament four times.
 
The final match will be played at the Moses Mabhida Stadium on 8 June with other games to be played in township stadiums built for the 2010 World Cup.
 
Vusi Mazibuko, Head of Stadia said it would be the first time the event was hosted in Durban. He said since the tournament was being hosted outside the FIFA window, all participating teams would be able to send their first team players which would be a major attraction.
“There will be 23 games played over the period using our facilities,” he added.
 
Deputy City Manager for Economic Development and Planning Phillip Sithole said while the month of May was usually quiet in tourism, the City would be hosting a number of events.
 
This includes the COSAFA Cup, the Tourism Indaba and the Premier Soccer League Awards.
 
“These events will help generate interest for people to come to Durban, as well as promote tourism through the broadcasting of the events. It will all be good for the City,” said Sithole.
 
ENDS
 
Issued by the eThekwini Municipality’s Acting Head of Communications Mandla Nsele.