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17 October 2017

Mayor brings relief to communities affected by flood

Mayor Zandile Gumede, the Executive Committee and eThekwini councillors rolled up their sleeves and assisted with a special clean-up operation of areas affected by the heavy rains that was experienced last week.

The devastating rains caused massive destruction to roads, buildings and infrastructure in the areas south of the city. The clean-up operation began in the Isiphingo area which was declared a disaster area. All council departments from Cleansing and Solid Waste to Roads and Storm Water Management, from Water and Electricity Units to Parks Department were on hand to repair, restore and ensure that areas were clean up and communities were assisted.

The city fixed road infrastructure, cleared sand build up, unblocking drains, removed fallen trees and went beyond the call of duty cleaning streams of filth, litter, old tyres and even vehicles that were washed away during the storm.

Councillors, officials and volunteers were deployed to communities in Umlazi, Folweni and KwaMakhutha while Mayor Gumede visited the community in Malukazi bringing hope to the impoverished community by making sure that blankets, mattresses and food parcels were distributed. Deputy Mayor, Fawzia Peer also visited Montclair where a building had collapsed.

Mayor Zandile Gumede said, “Today is about working together as a community to assist those affected by the storm. Communities have been devastated and look to us leadership for assistance. I assure communities that eThekwini Municipality is there to assist where there is major damage.” Mayor Gumede also used the opportunity to urge communities not to build structures on the flood plain as it depletes the natural vegetation that prevents flooding and to dispose of the litter responsibly.

Mayor Gumede also thanked the numerous volunteers from the community for their commitment and generosity towards their neighbours.

The Municipality will continue with the multidisciplinary regeneration campaign in the Isiphingo area which aims to arrest the decline and deterioration of the area. The city aims to address key strategic issues and challenges in the precinct and has taken an integrated approach to service delivery in the area since July.

As a secondary CDB, Isipingo is seen as a key economic hub for the city and the on-going operation includes tackling issues of problem buildings as well as illegal business operations, bylaw infringements, litter, pollution and social ills.

The Municipality calls on all community members, business and other stakeholders to take ownership of their areas and play a role towards achieving this vision by taking pride in their surroundings and ensuring compliance with the various City bylaws. The city bylaws can be found on

www.durban.gov.za/Resource_Centre/Pages/default.aspx

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