ETHEKWINI NEWS FLASH
 
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
 
27 November 2018
 
Executive Committee Decisions
 
International Exposure for Durban Through Hosting Psl Sem- Final Match
 
Maximum exposure worth millions of rands to further position eThekwini as a prime tourist destination was achieved during the Telkom Knockout Semi-Final Match between Kaizer Chiefs and Orlando Pirates which was played in the City this weekend.
 
Providing a feedback presentation to the Executive Committee at a meeting held today, 27 November was Sbusiso Zondi the Senior Marketing Manager of Durban Tourism.
 
He said the media reach was 35.6 million people with a public relations value of R106 million. The social media reach was 14.3 million people.
 
Outlining the public viewing areas versus the media benefits, Zondi said Supersport has 536 515 viewers translating the coverage to a public relations value of R2.1 million while SABC Sport has 23.1 million viewers. The coverage of the match translates to R92.4 million in public relations value.
 
“The key media benefits are destination exposure, township products promotion, promoting the festive season as well as the summer love campaign,” he said.
 
There were also radio interviews as well as two live crossings on Supersport at Max’s Lifestyle and the New Beach Public Viewing Area. There was also live coverage on SABC 1 and Supersport as well as print media interviews, he said.
 
Elaborating on other benefits for the City, he said there was a direct spend of R80 million with a GDP contribution of R126 million.
 
“Also, 6 700 temporary jobs were created. Value chain beneficiaries included restaurants, hotels, guests’ houses, B&B’s, informal traders as well as transport namely airlines, taxis and travel operators.”
 
Zondo said with tickets for the match selling out within two hours, there was further demand for a live match experience, hence the need for public viewing areas.
 
“There were 48 000 spectators who attended the match at the Moses Mabhida Stadium. There was also direct township tourism impact at the four township public viewing areas.”
 
He said at Sbu’s Lounge there were 1 000 people attending with an approximate spend of R500 000 and 80 jobs created. At Artizen Lounge there were 800 guests with an approximate spend of R450 000 and 100 jobs created. At Max’s Lifestyle there were 5 500 people with an approximate spend of R900 000 and 200 jobs created as a result. Finally, at Eyadini Lounge there were 6 000 people with an approximate spend of R1 million and 250 jobs created.
 
The beachfront public viewing area had pre and post-match entertainment with an estimate attendance of 15 000. Numerous township businesses were granted licences to sell at the beachfront, Zondi added.
 
“The beach was clean. People were walking around barefoot as there were no needles. We showcased the real City against the recent negative publicity about the beachfront. The public viewing areas showcased what you will find if you visit Durban. We told millions of people exactly what Durban has to offer. The City was showcased giving evidence of what Durban has to offer,” he said.
 
EThekwini Mayor Zandile Gumede applauded the South African Police Service, Metro Police and other security agencies for working together to ensure order.
 
Deputy Mayor Fawzia Peer congratulated officials for a job well done in organising the logistics of the match.
 
A letter from Professor Ronnie Schloss from the Premier Soccer League (PSL) sent to the City was also read out during the meeting.
 
It stated: “What a good advert for Durban, South Africa and the PSL. The match was watched by millions of people in South Africa and millions more in Africa and Europe which went off without a major hitch and no major incidents. I believe that the introduction of the public viewing areas was a great success. On behalf of the League and the soccer public, I wish to thank the Municipality for assisting in making this event possible and a great success.”
 
STRUCTURAL REPAIRS TO BE UNDERTAKEN AT CITY HALL AND THREE OTHER MUNICIPAL BUILDINGS
 
Immediate as well as long-term interventions required at four Municipal buildings including City Hall were outlined in a report tabled at an Executive Committee meeting held today, 27 November.
 
The report updated the Executive Committee on the independent condition assessments undertaken by private conditional assessors of four buildings namely City Hall, 75 Dr Langalibalele Street, Rennie House and the Metro Police Headquarters.
 
The report states that the City’s Architecture Department was commissioned by the Office of the City Manager to facilitate the appointment of service providers to undertake a consultation on behalf of the City Manager’s Office of four Municipal buildings. The Architecture Department, in consultation with the project manager, formulated a framework for this process where each building was assigned a unique team of consultants to carry out the assessment according to each profession. The team comprised of an architect, quantity surveyor and electrical, mechanical and structural engineers.
 
METRO POLICE HQ
 
The report states that the intended operative functions of the Metro Police HQ is compromised by the current condition of the facility. It recommended that urgent and long term enhancement projects be undertaken at the facility.
 
Immediate interventions include the telecommunications tower, which in its current condition, is resulting in a long term impairment to the structural integrity of the building. It is recommended that the tower be relocated and the roof slab be repaired.
 
The report stated that the HVAC systems uses a refrigerant called R-22 which is subject to a government ban which will result in the equipment being unserviceable at a future date. The report recommends that the City immediately begins a phased planning process to replace HVAC systems. The report also noted that the gym is located in an area that is not suited to its stress load on the slabs and recommends that the gym be relocated.
 
75 DR LANGALIBALELE STREET
 
The report noted that the building is in a state of disrepair with the intended operative functions seriously impaired by the current state of the building.
 
Immediate risk items include the external façade and windows and parapet flashings. The report recommends that immediate repair works be carried out on the building and that individual team members have identified priority works.
 
Furthermore, the report notes that the poor condition of the building indicates that the building mechanical assets has a poor state in terms of maintenance and total look over. Major remedial work and resurfacing is required for the equipment and installation to meet the required building SANS regulations.
 
CITY HALL
 
The report notes that City Hall was designed and commissioned in a pre-information age and continued functionality in the current information age requires significant construction work. It also notes that the building’s HVAC and electrical systems have been seriously affected by ad-hoc, uncoordinated construction works.
 
Immediate interventions include electrical reticulation requiring a detailed (point-by-point) review and installation. The current electrical installation is experiencing strain due to patch-work approach to upgrades.
 
The report further states that the structural engineer has identified the fact that the timber sections of the roof be evaluated to determine its structural integrity adding that it is likely that the entire roof structure is compromised by the presence of wood eating insects.
 
RENNIE HOUSE
 
The report states that the building is considered to be in a reasonable state and while the intended operative functions, while not optimal or modern, are not seriously impaired by the current state of the building. It states that the building will be further improved when the current construction projects are completed by the end of 2018.
 
The report notes that no immediate interventions are required given the relative condition of the building and the current construction works taking place at the building.
 
Head of the Engineering Unit Greg Evans said numerous Municipal assets require renovations.
 
Evans said not all the upgrades would be done immediately with the urgent interventions receiving attention first and the less urgent renovations being worked into a phased renovation schedule.
 
“The next step will be working closely with our finance colleagues regarding budget for a phased approach. Aging infrastructure is an issue worldwide, not only in South Africa with old infrastructure coming to the end of its lifecycle.”
 
Deputy City Manager of Finance Krish Kumar said renovations were often delayed as a result of prioritisation of budget.
 
“There is always competing needs and limited resources. And what often takes a backseat is infrastructure and maintenance. A further report listing the budget for each building will be submitted to the Executive Committee,” he said.
 
CITY TO HOST GLOBAL PARLIAMENT OF MAYORS SUMMIT IN 2019
 
Over 100 mayors from across the globe will descend on eThekwini next year when the Municipality hosts the annual Global Parliament of Mayors Summit.
 
A report outlining the event was tabled at an Executive Committee meeting on 27 November.
 
The report notes that the key objective of the Global Parliament of Mayor’s Summit is to build an active, impactful and structured network of, by and for mayors, representing mayors from all continents, supported by a body of experts and a secretariat located in an international environment.
 
The Global Parliament of Mayors Summit facilitates the debate on critical global issues between mayors, experts and city networks. The Global Parliament Mayors members then vote on how these are to be taken forward.
 
The Summit is expected to take place between July and November next year over two and a half days. As the host city, eThekwini will provide a location for the summit, a welcome reception and transportation within the City for mayors and their staff.
 
The opportunity to host the Summit will build on recent international gatherings and will keep eThekwini on the forefront of conversation about global problems that cities must face at a local level.
 
ENDS
 
Issued by the eThekwini Municipality Spokesperson Msawakhe Mayisela.
 
For further information contact 031 311 4820/18.
 
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