ETHEKWINI NEWS FLASH

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

18 NOVEMBER 2015

Executive Committee Decisions

SAFETY MEASURES IMPLEMENTED AT GLEBELANDS COMMUNITY RESIDENTIAL UNIT

EThekwini Municipality is working hard with other government stakeholders to restore peace at the Glebelands Community Residential Unit (CRU). 

Deputy City Manager of Community and Emergency Services Dr Musa Gumede presented a progress report to the Executive Committee yesterday, 17 November 2015, on interventions undertaken at both the Glebelands and KwaMashu CRUs.

He said they have been working closely with the South African Police Service and other relevant government departments to address the situation. 

Gumede said killings between January and July were committed outside of the CRUs. During this time the City had deployed a strong police presence at the CRUs.

Regarding the spate of recent murders, he said police have had a lot of successes with regard to the killings with a number of cases going to court.

“The police and intelligence are following up on the murders. I am in constant contact with them,” he said.

The report presented by Gumede said the instability at both CRUs has been a concern for Premier Senzo Mchunu and Mayor James Nxumalo.

Various attempts including improving the living conditions, strengthening security features and security visibility have been undertaken by the Municipality as an attempt to improve social conditions of both these residential areas.

Further to the improvement of the infrastructure, many forms of social and safety engagements with local leaders have taken place. This resulted in an inter-governmental and multi-disciplinary Integrated Task Team being established.

Gumede said bed allocation was still the underlying cause of the conflict at Glebelands as conflict arose whenever there was a vacant space. Overcrowding also played a role in this.

Despite these challenges there have been some successes with 11 380 tenants living at the Glebelands CRU being registered.

Other successes include lighting being upgraded in nine of the blocks and in some public areas, the installation of closed- circuit televisions (CCTV) and the removal of numerous shacks and containers obstructing the view and creating unsafe conditions.

Vector control is being implemented and the tender award for the perimeter fencing has been concluded with the service provider on site. The work is expected to be completed soon.

Further initiatives to be undertaken by eThekwini Municipality, the Premier’s Office, SAPS and other relevant departments include re-establishing peace and harmony by reducing the levels of serious and violent crime at Glebelands CRU. This will be done by improving the detection, prevention and apprehension and conviction rate through positive identification of offenders. 

Further strategies include developing a plan to incorporate private security into the precinct, constructing a CCTV control room within the precinct and installing a further five high definition CCTV cameras.

The various stakeholders will also work towards advocating a social and environmental crime prevention campaign. This will include a clean, green and safe campaign which includes rehabilitation of the swimming pool, resurfacing the tennis court and other garden maintenance at the Glebelands CRU. The collaborated effort will also work towards identifying social and environmental casual effects through the Qalakabusha Programme, a drug and substance abuse programme, community dialogues for peace intervention and social policing through volunteers.

There are also plans to improve and maintain the infrastructure as well as an implementation process to allocate vacant replacement beds.

Two Mayoral Imbizos at the Glebelands and KwaMashu CRUs are planned. Details will be made public soon. 

EThekwini Mayor James Nxumalo welcomed the intervention progammes saying there had been too many killings at the Glebelands CRU in recent weeks.

ETHEKWINI TO HOST A NUMBER OF HIGH-PROFILE EVENTS IN 2016

The Executive Committee yesterday, 17 November 2015, approved a report to host a number of events in the New Year which will create positive economic spinoffs for the City while also promoting eThekwini.

The line-up includes the Metro FM Awards to be hosted in the City on 27 February 2016. There will also be a public viewing area. The awards have been hosted in the City on three previous occasions which yielded notable benefits for tourism, boosting the local economy as well as talent development. 

The Royalty Soapie Awards are also headed for our shores in March 2016. These are South Africa’s first awards that solely celebrate the local soap genre. 

The International Jazz Extravaganza will also be held in March 2016 at Durban’s Inkosi Albert Luthuli International Convention Centre.

The South African Music Awards will be held on 22 April 2016 and is the premier music awards event in the country. The event is held over two evenings with the main event screened on SABC 1. The event attracts thousands of visitors who stay in the City for over a week. The awards have a massive media following at which the various local tourism attractions of the City can be showcased and exposed. Hosting the event also has the potential for job creation.

The approval of the Executive Committee to partner with organisers of these high-profile events is in line with Durban’s strategy to position itself as a premium tourism and events City within the global space.

The approach in event partnership is aligned to the recently launched Durban’s Visitor Strategy with the aim of taking Durban to the world. The key focus is to leverage on events for territorial marketing and promotion, economic development and job creation in enabling the City to achieve its objective. 

Events have the ability to attract visitors, in-bound tourism specifically for an event, which results in continued rapid visits. Peak holiday season for the City is between October to April and Durban Tourism has multiple activities lined up where the City will be further promoted.

EThekwini Mayor James Nxumalo welcomed the events to be hosted in the City but highlighted the need also host events in townships.

CITY PARTNERS WITH SAFA TO HOST TWO SOCCER MATCHES 

EThekwini will host two qualifying matches for Bafana Bafana following the approval of the Executive Committee for the City to partner with the South African Football Association (SAFA).

The first FIFA World Cup 2018 Qualifier between Bafana Bafana and Angola was held last night, 17 November 2015. 

The AFCON 2017 Qualifier between Bafana Bafana and Cameroon will be played on 29 March 2016. Both matches will be played at the iconic Moses Mabhida Stadium.

The 2018 FIFA World Cup is scheduled to take place in Russia from 14 June to 15 July 2018. Meanwhile the 2017 Africa Cup of Nations will be hosted by Gabon. 

The cost of both matches has been budgeted for with eThekwini contributing a hosting fee of R2.9 million towards stadium-related costs for each match. On the basis of 80/20 percent ticket sales split in favour of Council, it is projected that R2 million will be recovered for both matches therefore reducing the City’s contribution.

There are also other positive spinoffs for the City as football has a significant impact. Benefits include branding opportunities on both television and radio, naming rights in hosting the games as well as ticket sales which include hospitality ticket sales.

It is expected that the games will attract between 25 000 and 30 000 fans each. The hosting of the games will also further strengthen eThekwini’s reputation as a destination of choice to host major sporting events.

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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