ETHEKWINI NEWS FLASH
 
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
 
26 April 2018
 
FULL COUNCIL DECISIONS
 
Metro Police Headquarters To Be Renovated; Will Improve Services
 
A report outlining the various upgrades to be undertaken to Metro Police infrastructure to ensure they continue providing an invaluable service to residents was tabled at a Full Council meeting held today, 26 April.
 
The work to be undertaken will include repair work on buildings, the installation of new air conditioners, building of new horse stables as well as building a new police station in Verulam. According to the report this work is of great importance and requires urgent attention in order for the unit to run effectively.
 
Cameras will also be installed and monitored to mitigate the risk of loss in the uniform stores and the armory.
 
Some of the buildings which will be revamped include the Metro Police headquarters situated at 16 Archie Gumede Place, the Training Academy, the KwaMashu Police Station, Verulam Police Station, Khuzimpi Shezi Police Station in uMlazi, a new Metro Police Horse Unit and Queensburgh stores.
 
The report stated that 20 percent of the R35.9 million budgeted for capital programmes in the 2019/20 financial year will be made available during the 2018/19 financial year. This amounts to R7.2 million with the balance thereof will continue to be used to complete the projects during 2019. The report states that this will assist the Metro Police to start the process of addressing challenges caused by infrastructure that has become old and outdated.
 
The report was initially submitted to the Safety and Security Committee and outlined what work will exactly be done.
The detailed report to the Committee stated that repairs, maintenance, the renovation of buildings as well as the funding of new assets and projects was needed as most buildings were dilapidated with some of the electronic equipment such as air conditioning no longer functioning due to age.
 
Security cameras will be installed at the Metro Police Stores and Armory where firearms are kept.
 
The report notes that Metro Police is one of the units which contributes to making eThekwini Municipality one of the most liveable cities through the promotion of the safety of its citizens by enforcing the various eThekwini by-laws, traffic regulation and crime prevention.
 
The report noted the condition of some of the Metro Police buildings including that some buildings leaked when it rained heavily, electrical wires and cables running through the walls while the sewerage pipes in some buildings needed immediate attention. The report noted that the storm in October last year also left the department with damages to the Isiphingo Vehicle Pound as the fence collapsed. There is also a need, the report stated, to build new horse stables for the Metro Police since the horses have to be relocated from the New Market Stables in order to make way for the Sports Academy which is to be built in the area where the current horse stables are situated.
 
New land has been identified in Verulam to build a new police station instead of repairing the current building since it has been categorised as a heritage site belonging to Amafa and was in a derelict state.
 
Speaking on the issue at an Executive Committee meeting held before Full Council, Deputy City Manager of Finance Krish Kumar said it was not unusual to bring expenditure forward if there was cash flow available. He said, however, this was not something done often by the City but was necessary as these projects required urgent action.
 
Deputy Mayor Fawzia Peer, who is also the chairperson of the Security and Emergency Service Committee, said asset management of infrastructure was important. She said the Metro Police headquarters was in a bad state.
 
“We need to manage our buildings to ensure they are not in a dilapidated state, which in the end will cost even more to repair,” she said.
EThekwini Mayor Zandile Gumede welcomed the report saying these projects will assist the Metro Police greatly.
 
YOUTH PROGRAMMES PLANNED FOR THE CITY
 
The development of youth remains a priority for eThekwini Municipality which was supported by the tabling of a report outlining the various youth programmes planned for the City at a Full Council meeting held today, 26 April.
 
The report outlines projects from March to 30 June in line with the additional budget adjustment granted to the Youth Development Office in the budget adjustment.
 
The Youth Office has a nine projects with a total budget of R10 million to implement the projects.
 
The report states that young people are a major human resource for development and often act as key agents for social change, economic expansion and innovation.
 
The programme of action has therefore been prepared with the complete understanding that young people must determine their own development trajectory. The report also acknowledged that challenges facing young people are urgent and important with immediate intervention needed to deal with youth challenges.
 
The planned projects include a Young Women Seminar: Life and Times of Albertina Sisulu as well as a Youth Clean-up Campaign launch and ongoing clean-up projects.
 
A Real Estate (Property Training) for Young People and Young People in Art (talent show) are planned as well as a Youth Walk against Social Ills which also forms part of the programme. A Career Expo and Employment Opportunities Fair is planned for May as is a Youth Mayoral Cup.
 
In June, which is Youth Month, a launch, Youth in Agriculture Business Seminar, a June 16 commemoration and an educational beach festival is planned.
 
DURBAN TOURISM PARTNERS WITH TOURISM KZN AND SA TOURISM FOR INDABA 2018 -2020
 
Durban Tourism will be entering into an agreement with Tourism KwaZulu-Natal and South African Tourism for the Indaba for the next three years namely from 2018 until 2020.
 
This follows the tabling of a report at a Full Council meeting held today, 26 April.
 
Africa’s Travel Indaba is one of the largest tourism marketing events on the African calendar and one of the top three ‘must visit’ events of its kind on the global calendar.
 
It showcases the widest variety of Southern Africa’s best tourism products and attracts international buyers and media from across the world. Africa’s Travel Indaba is owned by South African Tourism and is organised by Synergy Business Events.
 
Africa’s Travel Indaba has won awards for being Africa’s best travel and tourism show which was presented by the Association of World Travel Awards.
 
The Indaba will be held at the Inkosi Albert Luthuli International Convention Centre and the Durban Exhibition Centre.
 
The tabled report noted that Durban has been the home of the Tourism Indaba for the past 10 years and will be the host City for the next five years.
 
The report states that hosting the Indaba until 2022 is affirmation that the City has the resources, world-class infrastructure and the capabilities of growing the Indaba to new heights. The Indaba is a premier platform to discuss the growth and development of the tourism industry in the years ahead.
 
Renowned as one of the top three travel events in the world, the event is expected to generate an estimated R500 million in economic impact for the City and province over the next five years.
 
A memorandum of agreement will be entered into between eThekwini Municipality, South African Tourism and KZN Tourism following the approval of Council for a three year period commencing in 2018 and ending in 2020.
 
As a result, City Manager Sipho Nzuza, through the Acting Head of Business Support, Tourism and Markets Unit Thulani Nzama, will be granted authority to negotiate further the benefits to leverage the destination and profile Durban through the partnership.
 
Nzama will report back to the Economic Development and Planning Committee on the outcomes of the partnership in the third year for funding of the remaining 2020/21 and 2021/22 financial years.
 
Deputy City Manager of Finance Krish Kumar said this was a major coup which we as the City should “really be celebrating”.
“This is an achievement as the City,” he added.
 
UK INVESTMENT DRIVE TO PROMOTE THE CITY
 
Full Council tabled a report at a meeting held today, 26 April updating Council on preparations currently underway for the Durban, KZN Ebandla investment drive to the United Kingdom planned for 5 to 9 June.
 
The report stated that the strategic objective of this initiative is to further promote Durban as Africa’s premier investment destination. This will deliver on the call for all spheres of government to proactively secure accelerated investment and job creation. This requires City leadership to engage in high level discussions with the UK cities of Newcastle and London including their business leadership.
 
EThekwini Mayor Zandile Gumede as well as Durban’s business leadership structures are fully involved and leading the proceedings.
 
The aim, according to the tabled report, is to extend and deepen government and business relations as well as bilateral investment drives to Durban. The focal point is to create as much exposure for the City and catalytic projects and to further cement foreign direct investments into the region. It will also create a platform for exposure of further investment-ready flagship projects across the whole province in a demonstration of intergovernmental cooperation and multi-stakeholder partnerships.
 
There will be two main operational legs with the coordination of all arrangements being managed by the Invest Durban Unit as well as support being provided through the KZN Ebandla/African Renaissance Office.
 
Mayor Gumede will lead a comprehensive programme of events and meetings as follows:
 
• Newcastle: A welcome briefing will be held on 5 June at the Newcastle City Council Centre followed by a full day programme of B2B plus G2G meetings on 6 June. There will be a half day programme on 7 June before the delegation departs to London.
 
• London: Durban, KZN Investment Day will be held on 8 June with a number of pre-arranged, project-focused B2B Investor Meetings as well as an Invest Africa Partnership luncheon and evening cocktail reception and an Investment Panel Discussion.
 
The mission is to promote Durban and KZN as Africa’s premier investment destination in the UK.
 
Current investor-ready projects being showcased in the mission include;
 
• Durban Point precinct.
• Durban Trade Port precinct,
• Oceans uMhlanga,
• Beachwood Resort,
• Blythedale Coastal Resort,
• Keystone Logistics Park,
• Coastlands Developments,
• Westwood Development,
• Richards Bay Industrial Development Zone precinct and,
• Cornubia/Sibiya-Tongaat Hulett Developments.
 
The mission will be led by Mayor Gumede and two councillors along with executive support from the City Manager Sipho Nzuza, Deputy City Manager Phillip Sithole as well as two officials from the Invest Durban Unit.
 
ENDS
 
Issued by the eThekwini Municipality’s Deputy Head of Communications Mandla Nsele.
 
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