ETHEKWINI NEWS FLASH

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

18 September 2018

EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE DECISIONS

REPORT ON REED DANCE TO BE SUBMITTED TO EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE

A report detailing the City’s contribution to the uMkhosi WoMhlanga (Reed Dance) will be submitted to the Executive Committee at its next meeting.

This was announced at an Executive Committee meeting which took place today, 18 September.
Chairperson of the Community Services Committee Councillor Zama Sokhabase allayed concerns raised by opposition parties that items procured by the City were of inferior quality and that maidens were not adequately catered for. She said it was premature to raise concerns before a report on the event and the City’s involvement was submitted to the Executive Committee.

Deliberations on the event, which was not on the meeting’s agenda, emerged during matters arising as the Committee confirmed the minutes of a previous Executive Committee meeting held on 28 August. The report from that meeting outlined the City’s involvement by providing financial assistance to maidens from different areas of eThekwini who were taking part in the annual uMkhosi WoMhlanga which took place at the Enyokeni Royal Palace in KwaNongoma from 6 to 7 September.

Acting chairperson of the meeting, Deputy Mayor Fawzia Peer said the Executive Committee would wait for a factual report from the relevant department which will list details of what exactly transpired at the event.

Chairperson of the Human Settlements and Infrastructure Committee Mondli Mthembu said while the concerns of the opposition parties were noted, it would be premature to discuss the issue before receiving a full report. “We will interrogate the report when we receive it. But for now, we are talking about assumptions. Let us get the factual report to discuss if action needs to be taken,” he said.
 
CITY SCOOPS YET MORE AWARDS
Acting chairperson of the Executive Committee meeting, Deputy Mayor Fawzia Peer said the City continued to be an award winning City which showed the efforts of City leaders and officials were paying off.

She was speaking at an Executive Committee meeting which took place today, 18 September.

Councillor Peer said the City was recently listed as the fifth wealthiest City in Africa. This is according to AfrAsia Bank’s 2018 Africa Wealth Report which found that wealth held in the City totalled $55 billion.

She said the City was also named a winner at the Arbor City Awards 2018 in the Metropolitan Municipality Category. The City received a trophy and a cheque worth R300 000.

The awards are hosted in partnership by the Department of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries, TOTAL South Africa and the Institute for Environment and Recreation Management. It aims to encourage municipalities to green their areas of jurisdiction and promote environmental conservation and development while also creating awareness of the importance of green landscapes.

And finally, Councillor Peer said the City scooped an international award in the WWF’s 2018 One Planet City Challenge which was announced on 12 September in San Francisco, California. About 132 cities representing 23 countries participated in the Challenge and eThekwini Municipality was named as a national winner in the African category.

EThekwini Municipality emerged as the strongest competitor from South Africa, with its well-rounded approach, especially regarding energy consumption targets and actions.

Said Councillor Peer: “The City deserves a round of applause, we are doing well as is evident by the awards and accolades we have received.”

A picture of the Executive Committee and other City officials with the Arbor City Awards 2018 trophy is available on request.

CITY TO INITIATE DIGITAL LEARNING PROGRAMME
The City will be entering into a partnership agreement with IBM-Digital Nation Africa to roll out a digital literacy programme for interested residents within eThekwini.

This follows the tabling of the Governance and Human Resources Committee report at an Executive Committee meeting held today, 18 September.

The tabled report grants authority to initiate the Digital Literacy Programme and to enter into a partnership agreement with IBM- Digital Nation Africa to roll out the digital literacy programme.

The aim of the project is to accelerate eThekwini Municipality’s contribution to the alleviation of poverty, unemployment and lack of skills. It will also facilitate access to shared resources to expand digital education learning and development opportunities for needy residents within the eThekwini Municipal area.

Furthermore, the project will promote digital literacy as a much-needed skill to meet the demand for information technology (IT) jobs and present an opportunity to help young people to develop an interest and follow careers in the IT space.
The report states that the project will empower underprivileged youth to learn basic IT skills while also bridging the gap between demand for skills labour and the supply for trained technology professionals.

For enquiries contact Charmel Payet on 031 311 4844 or email charmel.payet@durban.gov.za

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Issued by the eThekwini Municipality’s Acting Head of Communications Mandla Nsele.