ETHEKWINI NEWS FLASH
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28 June 2017

FULL COUNCIL DECISIONS
PROPER PROCESSES WERE FOLLOWED TO HOLD COUNCIL MEETING

Speaker William Mapena said all due processes were followed to change the date of the Full Council meeting from Thursday, 29 June to today, 28 June.

Addressing the Full Council meeting, held today at the Inkosi Albert Luthuli International Convention Centre, Speaker Mapena said the Rules of Order empower him as the Speaker of eThekwini Municipality to call Council meetings and to set the date and venue.

Meetings can also be called at the request of Councillors to the Speaker, if those Councillors are in the majority, he said.

This was explained by Speaker Mapena at the start of the meeting as a number of opposition parties boycotted the Full Council meeting because of the change of date.

Speaker Mapena said while a notice was issued for a Full Council meeting on 29 June, the majority of Councillors (around 115) had requested that the meeting either be postponed or moved to another date.

“On Monday I met with the party whips of the various political parties following a request from a number of Councillors to move the date of the meeting. There were a number of considerations made to change the date including that Treasury has a number of items to be finalised before the end of the financial year on 30 June and that a number of Councillors would be on leave from the 29 June. Therefore, I decided to move the meeting forward by a day,” he said.

Speaker Mapena said all processes had been followed and everything was in order.

“The claims that processes were not followed is untrue as I consulted the Municipal Systems Act and Municipal Structures Act as well as the Rules of Order before making a decision and was in compliance with these,” he added.

He said all Chief Whips were in consensus about the change of date for the Full Council meeting at the meeting held earlier this week.

Speaker Mapena added that the public was also duly informed of the change of date through a press statement and social media platforms.

“I have not violated any rules. As the Speaker, when Councillors make a request to me I must respond to them. Changing the date of the meeting was not a political decision. Obviously Councillors are from political parties who requested the change of date but it was not for a few Councillors.”

He said a majority of Councillors requested the change of date.

“It is a quorum issue. Dates of the Executive Committee and Full Council have been changed before without issue,” Speaker Mapena added.
EThekwini Mayor Zandile Gumede thanked the Speaker for following all processes to call the meeting.

“All Party Whips were at the meeting and no one was against it. I would also like to thank the parties here today. They truly have people’s interests in their hearts. It is important what they have done and the parties who took the decision to attend the Full Council meeting truly care about eThekwini residents,” said Mayor Gumede.

The Full Council meeting continued despite some opposition parties not being in attendance.

ESTABLISHMENT OF THE MOSES MABHIDA AND STADIA RINGFENCED BUSINESS UNIT

Full Council approved a report calling for the establishment of the Moses Mabhida and stadia ring-fenced business unit today, 28 June.

This is in line with the Council decision of 8 December 2016 where a new resolution was adopted on the long-term institutional arrangement of Moses Mabhida Stadium and the need to expedite the process.

Council duly approved the creation and implementation of the organogram of the Moses Mabhida Stadium and five other stadiums namely King Zwelithini, Chatsworth, Sugar Ray Xulu, Princess Magogo and Mpumalanga. This would be implemented with effect from 1 July.

A report tabled at an Executive Committee meeting on 27 June outlined the background of the decision.

It said that the Moses Mabhida ring-fenced business unit structure would ensure sustainable management of stadia by maximising socio-economic opportunities through delivery and management of events.

The new structure will see a head, two deputy heads and a senior manager among the top structure. There will be 175 posts in total.

Providing background to the issue, the Executive Committee report said that on 30 April 2010 eThekwini Municipality signed a caretaker operator agreement for the provision of commercial and operational management services by the Municipal Management Services at Moses Mabhida Stadium until 31 December 2010.

The services were commenced from 1 May 2009 until ultimately expiring on 30 June 2013 after a series of extensions.
The eThekwini Municipality Council on 28 June 2013 adopted that the future operation of the Stadium be undertaken under a Service Delivery Agreement with Durban Marine Theme Park. In support of this decision, the then City Manager approved the secondment of staff from various Municipal units to undertake key management roles at the Stadium.

However, the report states, on 8 December 2016 the eThekwini Council took a decision to rescind all previous decisions taken to integrate Moses Mabhida Stadium to the Durban International Convention Centre and consequently adopted a new resolution on the long term institutional arrangement of the Stadium.

The recommended structure makes provision for two core functions namely commercial and events services and operations and facilities management services.

Apart from the above core functions, the need to create the administration support was identified. Furthermore, other support functions such as information management, finance, procurement and human resources will be rendered by the line departments.

The implementation of the recommendations in the report will incur a projected annual expenditure of R52 364 259. The cost of the funded posts is R45 257 036 with the additional expenditure being R7 107 223 to be sourced through the adjustment budget. The additional expenditure takes into consideration Moses Mabhida Stadium and the five other stadiums. The additional expenditure also takes into account the 18 new posts which include four executive posts which were not funded in the existing Moses Mabhida structure.

NEW BRANDING AND LOGO FOR ETHEKWINI
Authority has been given to City Manager Sipho Nzuza to embark on a process to design a new eThekwini Municipality brand review and rebranding following the tabling of a report at a Full Council meeting today, 28 June.

Authority was also granted to Nzuza to establish a project team to implement the project and provide monthly feedback to the Governance and Human Resources Committee.

The report, first approved at the Governance and Human Resources Committee and then the Executive Committee, stated that it was pertinent for this new Council to put the long anticipated decision into practice. It was explained at the meeting that a task team, to coordinate the branding process, would be set up to ensure that maximum community participation was achieved for input.

Chairperson of the Governance and Human Resources Committee Councillor Barbara Fortein said this was more than just about rebranding the City and having a new logo.

“It is about the people who elected us as the new administration, feeling as if they are a part of this City. Of them owning the brand by participating in this process. Hopefully this will lead to them taking pride in their City, adopting a patriotic attitude and being committed to keeping it clean,” said Councillor Fortein.

Full Council also approved a report driving the #I Love My eThekwini Civic Pride Campaign.

The project was given the greenlight which aims to set the agenda for positive engagement with communities and set the radio campaign which will include listeners responding on eThekwini social media platforms while building online presence and being in charge of the conversation.

These initiatives are supported by the City Talk Initiative which was also approved at Full Council today. The ‘Your City Talks’ brand awareness campaign is aimed at City residents to tell positive, inspiring news and developments about their communities and the City. This will be achieved through the production of monthly video footage which will be streamed through the Municipal YouTube and social media channel.

ENDS

Issued by the eThekwini Municipality’s Head of Communications Tozi Mthethwa.