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03/03/2016 

Governance and Human Resources Committee Recommendations to the Executive Committee

The Governance and Human Resources Committee held its meeting, today, 3 March 2015, at the Pinetown Civic Centre. The Committee is presided by Cllr Nondumiso Cele. 

The following items were approved and recommended to the Executive Committee for final approval. 

Increase of City Hall tariffs

The Governance and Human Resources Committee approved the increase of tariffs for hiring of City Hall. The tariffs will increase by 6%, effective from 1 July 2016. Bookings rendered by City Hall include weddings, graduation functions, meetings and such. 

More indigent citizens will access soup kitchen 

The Committee approved 18 additional sites that will provide soup kitchens. The current number of soup kitchen stands at 36. This forms part of poverty alleviation programme from which communities living in the eThekwini Municipal area benefit. The soup kitchen has an average of 500 beneficiaries for each site everyday. 

Street Naming in Ward 19

The Committee approved the naming of five streets in Wyebank Ward 19, where there have never been street names. The naming of streets is as a result of the rationalisation of township addresses which dates back to 2004 by the then Exco. 

Rationalisation of addresses means that each and every street within the Municipal boundaries should be named and to rationalise the numbering system based on erf numbers to a street name system and to adopt a Municipal-wide standard. 

Most of the names used to identify streets are either of deceased local heroes, birds, trees and or clan names. The streets are named after local heroes and activists who were involved in the struggle and well-known in the local community. 

Cele said the naming of streets provides an easier movement and identification in the wards. 

Consultations were made and agreed with the families of the people after whom the streets are named. In most cases names are a reflection of the community sentiment and feeling about streets or their area. 

Magabheni and KwaMnyandu Government Malls

The Committee approved the establishment of Magabheni and KwaMnyandu Government Malls. Government Mall concept is where various government services are rendered under one roof. The malls will form part of the services which are currently being offered by Sizakala Customer Service Unit. The malls will provide municipal services, Social Security, Social Development, Home Affairs, Department of Labour and SMMES services. 



Residents will be able to view municipal services on eThekwini Municipal Television (EMTV). Through the EMTV, the Municipal customers will access information about services in other Municipal facilities such as libraries, municipal banking halls, municipal clinics and so forth.



Deputy City Manager of Governance Cluster, Sipho Cele said: “EMTV service is not a normal television broadcast through radio waves and should not be confused as such. It is an internal service that required no broadcasting licences and other statutory requirements.”

Employment Equity

The Committee accepted the progress that has been made to implement employment equity. The Commission for Gender Equity has applauded eThekwini Municipality for the improvement in the employment of females with the objective of eliminating discrimination in the workplace. 



The Deputy City Manager for Corporate and Human Resources Unit, Dumisile Nene said: “All EE programmes are being implemented. However, there is shortage of suitably qualified employees from designated groups of Africans and women particularly in certain scarce skills areas.” 



Nene said despite achieving the above, there are challenges such as the unavailability of applicants from designated groups, especially females in engineering and construction environment. “Despite these challenges we will continue to work closely Units with to address any backlog. 

The Municipality has promoted five people living with disabilities (PWD) between July 2015 and February 2016, while 23 PWDs have been appointed during the same period.



It is not true that we are no longer employing males in the Municipality. We have employed 1152 male employees between July 2015 and February 2016, compared to 1507 female employees who have been employed during the same period,” she said. 

A gender sensitive plan for the period of 2014 to 2018 has been developed and is being implemented. It includes employment equity strategic action, recruitment aligned to employment equity targets and a review of gender related policies. 

EThekwini Municipality will now appear on the Employment Equity Public Register for 2015 that will be published by the Minister of Labour in terms of Section 41 of the Employment Equity Act. 

Pinetown Computer Lab

The Committee approved the launch of the Pinetown Computer Laboratory which will open on 17 March 2016, at Pinetown 7 Miller Road. The lab will reduce travelling costs for job seekers residing in the western areas. 

Due to limited office space in the Pinetown Civic Centre, Human Resources and Sizakala Customer Service Units have been unable to establish an eCareer office for the community to access. 

Five computers will be installed to assist job seekers to access online application system, eCareers. Staff will be available to assist applicants if they experience any difficulties. 

Laboratory will assist amongst others, with the following; viewing and application to various vacancies online, receive confirmation that your application has been submitted successfully, ensuring that fraudulent elements, such as people selling Municipal jobs, are eliminated and saving applicants from travelling costs. 

The Chairperson of Governance and Human Resources Committee, Nondumiso Cele said: “We have set aside about R25 000 for the computer lab to address challenges encountered by job applicants. Applicants must embrace the lab and ensure that all the computers are kept in a good working condition.” 

She said the computer laboratory is brought closer to the people to empower youth through increasing access to amenities. This will help them reach the job market, an important step towards growing the economy. The lab will be operating from 8h00 to 16:00 on weekdays. 

Learnership opportunities for youth of eThekwini

Approximate 140 young people from around the eThekwini Municipal area will benefit from the learnership programme which will be conducted over a period of 12 months. This follows the transfer of R5 million of discretional grant funding from Construction Education and Training Authority (CETA). The training programme to be implemented is known as Health and Safety and Supervision in Construction. 

The training comprises of theory in the classroom for four months followed by practical training which for 8 months. 

Ends

For more information contact Gugu Mbonambi on 0313114855 or email: gugu.mbonambi@durban.gov.za or Princess Nkabane on 031 311 4818 or princess.nkabane@durban.gov.za 







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