ETHEKWINI NEWS FLASH
 
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
 
31 August 2017
 
Full Council Decisions
 
REDEVELOPMENT OF LAHEE PARK SPORTS PRECINCT
 
City Manager Sipho Nzuza has been granted authority by Council to proceed with the process of pursuing proposals, as per the approved eThekwini Municipality procurement policy, in respect of redevelopment of the Lahee Park Sports Precinct.
 
This includes upgrading the existing facilities as well as the establishment of new facilities and infrastructure to re-establish Lahee Park as the premier sporting precinct in the western region of the City.
 
The report, tabled today, 31 August, at a Full Council meeting, also granted authority for Nzuza to enter into a lease agreement with Seagulls Swimming Club regarding the use of Lahee Park Sport Precinct. The agreement will also make provision for the inclusion of all clubs that currently have tenure on the property.
 
The report stated that in support of the proposal to redevelop Lahee Park Sport Precinct, the City rezones the property for sports and sport-related commercial use within six months of the submission of the project plans.
 
MOSES MABHIDA STADIUM ENTERS THREE YEAR LEASE WITH LOCAL FOOTBALL ORGANISATIONS
 
Authority was granted for City Manager Sipho Nzuza to enter into a three year mutually beneficial agreement with local football organisations following the tabling of a report at a Full Council meeting today, 31 August.
 
The clubs include the South African Football Association, Premier Soccer League (PSL) and PSL Football clubs.
 
The report stated that the Moses Mabhida Stadium will host category A fixtures through a sound content-driven event programme through a long-term contract to help achieve revenue maximisation, improved visitor numbers and improved occupancy levels in order to sustain business operations.
 
Council noted the partnership agreement involves the projected estimated expenditure of approximately R21 million and the projected revenue of over R39 million.
 
The report required the general manager of the stadium to submit progress reports to Council in relation to the football partnerships and agreements at the end of each session.
 
CITY PROMOTES HERITAGE IMPORTANCE BY PROVIDING SUPPORT TO REED DANCE MAIDENS
 
EThekwini Municipality will provide funding to assist 6 000 maidens from the eThekwini Municipal area with transport, accommodation and catering to enable them to participate in the annual uMkhosi woMhlanga (Reed Dance) ceremony taking place from 7 to 10 September at King Goodwill Zwelithini’s eNyokeni Royal Palace in KwaNongoma.
 
This follows the tabling of a report at a Full Council meeting today, 31 August where Council approved funding to the tune of R1.6 million.
The report stated that recognition was given to the positive impact of the Reed Dance in instilling good values in young girls with particular reference to sexual matters.
 
With the approval of the report, authority was given to the Head of Community Participation and Action Support Unit to coordinate the participation of maidens in uMkhosi woMhlanga.
 
EThekwini Mayor Zandile Gumede welcomed the report saying support was being given to maidens to ensure they were safe and comfortable while attending the Reed Dance.
 
She said plans were in place to build a permanent structure to house maidens in KwaNongoma to reduce costs at a later stage, however accommodation had to be provided for maidens this year.
 
ENDS
 
Issued by eThekwini Municipality’s Head of Communications Tozi Mthethwa.
 
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