ETHEKWINI NEWS FLASH
 
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
 
8 December 2016
 
FULL COUNCIL DECISIONS
 
Increased Security at Glebelands Community Residential Unit
 
Further closed circuit television (CCTV) cameras will be installed at Glebelands Community Residential Unit (CRU) in Umlazi, south of Durban.
 
A report to request funding to install cameras in the closer confines of the Glebelands CRU buildings to achieve greater coverage in the heart of the zone where criminal incidents have been reported, was approved by Full Council today.
 
The requested funding is in order to implement phase two of the CCTV roll-out at the CRU as part of the security upgrades.
 
The report states that cameras were installed at the CRU as phase one of the project to reduce crime. The phase one installation has been very successful with a reduction in violence noted.
 
The report states that there has been a shift in the violence being experienced in the CRU buildings rather than where they are being watched on the outside.
 
Therefore, the proposal to install intelligent cameras at the entrance of buildings with the ability to activate sound in the case of emergency and to announce warnings via loudspeakers from the control room at Disaster Management.
 
This will assist operators in making live announcements when criminal activity is spotted in buildings. It will also give authorities adequate knowledge and evidence to deal with live incidents and the prosecution thereafter.
 
The report states that it will also be possible to build a help kiosk (SOS) for all residents requiring assistance. The help kiosk will be linked to the 24 hour control room at Disaster Management and South African Police Service will transmit live video and voice at the press of a button.
 
ETHEKWINI MAYOR TO DRIVE CLIMATE CHANGE AGENDA AS C40 VICE PRESIDENT FOR AFRICA
 
EThekwini Mayor Zandile Gumede has been named as the C40 Vice President for Africa.
 
C40 is a network of large cities from around the world that are actively engaged with climate change response initiatives. The organisation collaborates with member cities on local and international climate issues and projects that can deliver measureable greenhouse gas reductions and enhance adaption to climate change.
 
EThekwini Municipality joined C40 in 2015 as an Innovator City. In 2016 eThekwini was changed from an Innovator City to Mega City. This change in classification gave eThekwini Municipality additional rights in C40.
 
A report providing feedback on the attendance of an eThekwini Municipality delegation to the C40 Cities for Climate Change (C40) Mayors Summit that was held in Mexico City from 30 November to 2 December, was presented to the Full Council today.
 
Speaker Councillor William Mapena, representing the Mayor, Chair of the Economic Development Committee Sipho Kaunda, Deputy City Manager of Treasury Krish Kumar and two other officials attended the conference.
 
The report provided an overview of the conference programme and various meetings that officials attended and possible gains for the City.
 
Kumar said the event was attended by Mayors of cities including Paris, London and Los Angeles among others.
 
“There was an opportunity to sit and deliberate on key climate change issues focusing on a number of issues. There are 10 other cities that are part of the African region as well as three other cities within South Africa namely Tshwane, Cape Town and Johannesburg. We are fortunate to be part of this initiative,” he said.
 
Mapena congratulated Mayor Gumede on her election as the C40 Vice President for Africa as well as Kumar who was elected to the board of C40.
 
BUMPER SEASON AHEAD FOR ETHEKWINI WITH EVENTS LINED UP
 
Following the successful launch of the City’s Festive Season operational plan to ensure the safety of residents and tourists yesterday, Full Council today, 8 December approved a report outlining the numerous events to be hosted in the City.
 
These events would have a positive economic spinoff in the City as well as promote social cohesion.
 
The events were outlined in two separate reports and will further position eThekwini as a premier tourism and events destination. The first report by the Parks, Recreation and Culture Unit outlined the events and strategic programmes that will take place in December and January 2017.
 
The Cool Out Vintage event is a celebration of music, fashion and art. The event will take place at the Rivertown Beerhall on 11 December and 25 December where locals can expect the signature ‘cool out atmosphere’ including art exhibitions and vintage pop-up stalls with a platform created for artists to market themselves.
 
Downtown session meanwhile will seek to unite upcoming and established creative entities in and around KwaZulu-Natal. The targeted creative art forms are music, street art, street fashion and graphic design. The event also creates a platform for the growth of youth business. The event will be hosted on 16 December at the Rivertown Beer Hall.
 
Ten designers, 20 pop-up stalls, 10 undiscovered artists and 10 emerging chefs will get an opportunity to showcase their work at the Food fashion Music at the Park, taking place on 17 December at the Bay of Plenty which has been running for four years. The programme aims to discover emerging, young talent in the City. Young fashion designers, chefs and artists audition to stage their work.
 
The uThongathi Beach Festival and Competition will take place on 18 December and is aimed at promoting cultural preservation and reminding the youth of their traditions. It will also teach them to keep the beaches clean and educate them on safe swimming.
 
Durban Underground 2016 will be held on 25 December and intends bringing all races to one event under the promotion of peace, harmony and understanding. Both well-known and emerging artists are part of the event to be held at the Wave House Virginia Airport.
 
The Grand Finale New Year’s Eve event will take place on 31 December at Kings Park Stadium with well-known artist performing on the day. Approximately 3 000 people are expected to attend the event.
 
The Izintombi Zomhlanga Cultural Celebration is an event aimed at celebrating young girls who still respect their culture and attend Umhlanga.
 
His Majesty the Royal King Zwelithini and his house will be invited to speak and encourage the young girls. This event is planned for 7 January at Engonyameni Sports Ground.Creative Arts Development programmes will also be held throughout the Festive Season.
 
The second report by the Business Support, Tourism and Markets Unit listed a number of events set to take place in the City over the festive period and into the New Year.
 
On 17 December the Youth in Action Music Festival will be held. It is being organised by the youth of Durban to drive various youth empowerment programmes.
 
Good Sundae will be held on 18 and 25 December and is a lifestyle event where City trendsetters gather in one venue to enjoy the best hip hop acts.
 
Durban Braai Day is planned for 26 December. This is a first time event aims to attract 8 000- 12 000 attendees at the Moses Mabhida Stadium’s People’s Park and will be a fun-filled family day out.
 
There is a KwaMakhutha New Year’s Eve Picnic planned for 31 December. The family orientated event will create job opportunities and promote social cohesion.
 
The 2017 Umnini New Year’s Extravaganza, will draw a diverse crowd and will showcase Durban lifestyle.
 
On 14 March 2017 the International Jazz Extravaganza will be staged at the Chief Albert Luthuli International Convention Centre and will feature pure jazz, fashion with a twist of jazz and hospitality.
 
EThekwini Mayor Zandile Gumede said these events would be enjoyed by eThekwini residents as well as visitors to the City over the Festive Season.
 
Chair of the Economic Development Committee Sipho Kaunda said they supported these events as everyone would benefit.
 
“These events are not just being held in central Durban but in communities where people live,” he said.
 
ENDS
 
Issued by eThekwini Municipality’s Head of Communications, Tozi Mthethwa.
 
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