11 May 2017
Executive Committee Decisions
New City Manager Warmly Welcomed By Executive Committee Members
City Manager, Sipho Nzuza, who started his tenure at the beginning of the month, intends focusing on expediting service delivery, increasing tourism and investment promotion while capitalising on Durban being a port City.
Attaining a clean audit outcome is also his top priority.
He has also given his assurance to accelerate rural development endorsing the call made by Inkosi Simingaye Mlaba of prioritising rural areas. Nzuza said the City comprises 60 percent of rural land which will also be prioritised for development.
Nzuza outlined his plans to take eThekwini to greater heights during a special Executive Committee meeting held today, 11 May to formerly welcome him to the City.
Nzuza, who has hit the ground running, said he has been attending budget and Integrated Development Plan roadshow meetings to better understand the needs of residents. At the crux of residents’ concerns was service delivery, he said.
“I have taken notes of what people want from the hearings I have attended. The demands from residents are reasonable, they just want service delivery and we need to deliver on this. This is achievable and winnable and we can do it as eThekwini,” he said.
“I believe success can only be achieved by a team that is united. We need to come together as a united team for the benefit of the people who are our customers and stakeholders,” Nzuza added.
He intends to strengthen tourism and do more to attract business to the City.
“Durban has all the potential. I come from a background in the port and I see the port in Durban as a huge asset. It beats any other port in the country and is the busiest in sub-Saharan Africa. I will ensure that we capitalise on this. I want to see Durban shine.”
He said the City must aim for achieving another clean audit outcome.
“It is important for us as a team to ensure that we monitor our performance. If we have an impact on the people of the City and deliver services we will achieve a clean audit,” Nzuza said.
He was warmly welcomed by the Executive Committee, including eThekwini Mayor Zandile Gumede and opposition parties.
Mayor Gumede said it was a pleasure to welcome him to the City.
“You are a man of integrity. You are also one of us as you were born and raised in uMlazi. You are not a stranger to this City as you also sat on the audit committee. Your experience working at the ports will benefit us as a port City and will ensure we become a better City,” said Mayor Gumede.
In welcoming Nzuza to his new role, Mayor Gumede urged him to continue the good work already done in the City.
“You must continue the good work that has already been done while changing areas that need improvement. We want to see accelerated change in this regard. You have come at a good time, when we have unveiled the Radical Economic Transformation Framework which must be inclusive. People want change now, not tomorrow and not down the line in the future,” she said.
She added: “As the Mayor I have full confidence in you and I know that you will deliver.
We must work together for the sake of our ratepayers.”
Mondli Mthembu, Chairperson of the Human Settlements and Infrastructure Committee said Nzuza’s appointment was unanimous.
“There was no opposition to your appointment, we were all together as the Executive Committee. The process for the appointment was open, fair and transparent.”
Chief Whip Nelly Nyanisa said: “We welcome you and I urge you to let us continue to fly the flag of eThekwini higher and higher.”
Deputy City Manager of Governance and International Relations Sipho Cele emphasised that employees and senior management were fully behind him.
“We welcome you and pledge our support in marshalling our energies behind you as we strive for service delivery in all communities. While we are human and do have flaws, our strengths far outweigh those weaknesses and I know you will harness those strengths. We pledge our support and commitment to you as the commander of the ship,” Cele said.
Nzuza thanked everyone for the warm welcome.
“I thank you for choosing me and for your confidence in me,” he said.
Issued by the eThekwini Municipality’s Head of Communications Tozi Mthethwa.
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