26 JUNE 2018
Mayor Condemns Violence and Land Invasion in the City
Mayor Zandile Gumede, at an Executive Meeting held on 26 June, has condemned the various incidents involving violence, illegal land invasion and damage to municipal property.
“In the recent months we have seen a spate in illegal land invasion incidents. I call on all our residents to desist from this illegal practise.
“Building on land without permission is not only an illegal act, but disrupts the Municipality’s programmes as the land might be earmarked for other infrastructure development projects. Some land, such as nature reserves, is not meant for human occupation but are part of the City’s greening strategy aimed at mitigating the effects of climate change.
“I call on our residents to exercise patience as the Municipality continues to identify suitable land and funding to build low cost housing for our people. Let us all work together to ensure that Durban is indeed the most liveable and caring City,” the Mayor added.
The Mayor also strongly condemned the incidents of bombing that took place at the ZANU-PF rally at the White City Stadium in Bulawayo, Zimbabwe and the deadly blast that occurred at a rally in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.
She said: “We refuse to go back to an era of violence, war and political intolerance. These incidents must never be repeated and must be condemned by all peace loving citizens.”
UShaka Marine World recently won KwaZulu-Natal’s Top Brand 2018 at the Standard Bank Top Business Awards. Mayor Gumede congratulated the team, led by CEO Stella Khumalo and explained the critical contribution made by the park.
“Ushaka Marine World is an integral part of the City’s tourism offerings, and it was created about 14 years ago to kick start urban regeneration and boost development in the Durban beachfront area. It has enabled the creation and growth of related hospitality businesses and contributed towards the overall growth of tourism in the City and province.”
The City’s Invest Durban team were recognised by winning an award in the Standard Bank KZN Top Business Partnership category.
The team recently coordinated an investment road show to the United Kingdom. The road show was noteworthy for being the biggest combined regional delegation of business and government ever to travel on an investment roadshow. The visit focused on Durban, KwaZulu-Natal's key catalytic projects, local businesses and the region's competitive advantages was met with much interest by investors.
Mayor Gumede thanked the team led by Cluster Chairperson, Cllr Sipho Kaunda for placing Durban on the global map.
Funding of R13million spread over the next three years was approved to be allocated to the SPCA to continue with the service of impounding and removal of stray animals.
The EXCO also resolved that a high level meeting will take place between the eThekwini Municipality and the SPCA to engage on various issues affecting the service provided by the SPCA.
The current Employment Equity plan will conclude in July 2018. The plan for 2018-2022 plan was presented to the Executive Committee and was well received by all Councillors. Deputy City Manager for Corporate and Human Resources Cluster, Dumisile Nene said: “The EE plan was established to promote fairness and equality across all sectors.”
The City has clearly defined goals to prioritise the employment of women in senior management positions and provide job opportunities to people with disabilities. There are a number of programmes that have already been implemented that has seen positive results, which includes the women in leadership seminar, disability day etc.
A budget of R3million was agreed upon by the Executive Committee for the establishment of a temporary automotive hub facility in Illovu that specifically focuses on the trade of panel-beating.
A previous City Fleet Workshop has been identified to house the temporary structure. This is an interim solution while the Umlazi facility is being completed.
The City’s Business Support, Tourism and Markets Unit has identified that such a facility will create an enabling environment for the informal sector. The Umlazi facility will assist by providing proper business premises, building capacity and technical accreditation by improving access to the automotive market.
The City has approved a total value of R29 million to be allocated towards the extension of a contract for the emptying of ventilated improved pit toilets. This includes R6million which will be used to increase the value of the current contract and a further R23 million will be budgeted for in the 2018/19 financial year.
Following complaints from the community and Councillors in the Bester and KwaMashu areas, City Manager, Sipho Nzuza and a delegation of officials, undertook a site visit on 22 June 2018 and was met with appalling conditions.
Nzuza said: “During the inspection, it was discovered that communities in wards 47 and 54 are living in inhumane conditions due to the toilets being full of human waste. It required immediate emptying to curb the spread of diseases and pollution to the environment.”
An excess of 15000 toilets will be emptied, thus ensuring the safety and health of communities.
Issued by the eThekwini Municipality’s Acting Head of Communications Mandla Nsele.
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