ETHEKWINI NEWS FLASH
 
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
 
28 June 2018
 
Full Council Decisions
 
PUBLIC TRANSPORT SERVICE IMPROVEMENT INCENTIVE PROGRAMME TO BEGIN PILOT ROLLOUT
 
Progress made with regard to the Public Transport Service Improvement Incentive Programme which aims to provide a better service to commuters in the City was lauded at a Full Council meeting held today, 28 June.
 
The Programme, sees the eThekwini Transport Authority (ETA) who are responsible for public transport in the City engage with the mini bus taxi operators as the key provider of public transport in the City.
 
The Incentive Programme, for which participation is voluntarily, has the overall objective of empowering the industry at all levels, providing better levels of service and safety to commuters, developing the industry towards a more formal and scheduled service structure and improving the standard of public transport in the City.
 
The tabled report, which outlined progress made in the Programme, noted that the industry will be instrumental in rolling out the new Integrated Public Transport Network within the City.
 
The Programme was officially launched to mini bus taxi operators and the public in October 2017. A pilot of 500 vehicles was agreed to be initiated to test the Programme and iron out teething problems before rolling out to the industry at a larger scale. In preparation for the pilot, additional consultations were required at an association level within the industry. During this consolation phase a few of the assumptions that were made with the original submission have been revisited and some additional functions have been identified that will be required in order to ensure the effectiveness and success of the Programme. The cost for these activities were not factored into the original submission to Council.
 
The report states that additional funding is required for some of these additional functions which have been identified and are critical for the effectiveness and success of the Programme.
 
The report grants authority to City Manager Sipho Nzuza, on behalf of eThekwini Municipality to enter into a memorandum of agreement with the non-profit organisation (NPO) established under the Economic Development Unit, for the pilot phase of the 500 vehicles under the Programme.
 
Authority was further granted for a new NPO to be established for the full roll-out of the programme and for Nzuza to enter a memorandum of agreement with the new NPO as well as it being recorded that the contract will be legally binding between the Municipality and the NPO’s and sets in place the terms and conditions of the agreement and the methodology of the contracting and payment.
 
Furthermore, the Municipality’s Vehicle Monitoring System and equipment as part of this Programme and the authority to install vehicle tracking systems onto the taxi owners’ vehicles for the pilot phase.
 
Council also approved the additional budget from the originally approved budget of R131 million to R202 million to cater for the Programme set-up and management, Skills Development Programme, vehicles set up, driver induction and training, vehicle decals, marketing and communication, vehicle tracking units, tracker data, incentives for drivers, value added tax and contingency.
 
The report notes that R1 million will be provided in the 2018/19 adjustment budget with the balance being provided in the Adjustment Budget.
 
APPOINTMENT OF EXTERNAL MEMBERS OF TEAM DURBAN INVESTMENT ADVISORY FORUM
 
Full Council tabled a report appointing 14 external members to serve on the Team Durban Investment Advisory Forum for a period of three years effective from 1 July 2018 to 30 June 2021 at a meeting held today, 28 June.
 
The tabled report stated with eThekwini Municipality implementing vigorous attempts to lure investment to Durban, the Executive Committee supported the Team appointed to assist the City in this regard.
 
The Team comprises of prominent people in their respective fields. Their role would entail providing strategic foreign direct investment advice and support to the City and act as a business sounding board for the eThekwini Municipal leadership on business and investment promotion matters. The report states that their service would be on a voluntary basis but that the Municipality would cover their travel and accommodation expenses where required and in accordance with the Municipality’s Travel Policy.
 
The report stated that the incumbents appointed have been selected from 155 applicants who responded to advertisements in newspapers including the Metro Ezasegagasini and the Municipality’s website having net the criteria set by the Municipality for this purpose.
 
The external members include:
 
• Suben Moodley from Toyota South Africa who serves as Senior Vice President for Corporate Affairs,
• Mike Deighton from Tongaat Hulett, Managing Director for 10 years,
• Themba Ngcobo from Exel Petroleum, Founder and Director,
• Musa Makhunga, Founder and Managing Director of HR Matters and President of the Durban Chamber of Commerce and Industry,
• Sandile Zungu from Zico who has been the Corporate Director for 20 years,
• Steven Saad from Aspen Pharmaceuticals who has been the Corporate Director for 20 years,
• Mlungisi Ntombela from eThekwini Disability Sport Forum who has been a General Manager for 10 years,
• Faisal Mkhize from ABSA who is a Managing Executive,
• Zanamuhla Khanyile, Department of Correctional Services who has been a section head for seven years,
• Samukelisiwe Nzimande from K2M Financial Services and has been the Managing Director for two years,
• Howard Arrand from FNB who is the Provincial Head,
• Manto Madlala from PSL and Golden Arrows who is the former Chairperson of the Inkosi Albert Luthuli International Convention Centre and the Golden Arrows Football Club Chairperson and,
• Thulisa Ndlela from Ayigobi Investments who is a Young Entrepreneur and Chair of Ayigobi Investments.
 
The 14th member will be announced.
 
The report notes that the Deputy City Manager of Economic Development and Planning Phillip Sithole will provide liaison and administrative support to Team Durban. Sithole will also provide progress reports to Council on the functioning and outputs of Team Durban.
 
The report further states that members of the Team Durban Advisory Forum from the Municipality comprise of eThekwini Mayor Zandile Gumede who will serve as the Chairperson of the Forum, Chairperson of the Economic Development and Planning Committee Sipho Kaunda, City Manager Sipho Nzuza, Sithole, Invest Durban Unit officials who will provide administrative support to Team Durban, representatives of big business in the City as well as representatives from civil society including youth and academia.
 
CATALYTIC PROJECT – KING EDWARD RESIDENTIAL AND URBAN RENEWAL PRECINCT MOVES AHEAD
 
Full Council tabled a report for the development of a mixed-use transit orientated development consisting of a portion to be sold for development on bonded housing and another portion to be leased for the purpose of developing social housing, student accommodation and commercial (office and retail) development at a meeting held today, 28 June.
 
The report, which initially tabled at the Economic Development and Planning Committee, stated that authority was being sought for the alienation of Erf 8449 of Durban to develop a missed-use mixed-use transit orientated.
 
The report states that clearance has been received from the Human Settlements Department that the proposed development supports housing densification.
 
It further states that in terms of Section 40 of the Supply Chain Management Policy, read together with Regulation 7 of the Municipal Assets Transfer Regulations, the property described as Erf 8449 of Durban, be alienated by public tender in freehold for a portion of bonded housing. And in terms of Sections 34, 35 and 36 of the Asset Transfer Regulation, the portion of the property Erf 8449 of Durban be alienated by public tender in leasehold for the development of commercial, both retail and office, social housing and student village accommodation.
 
The report states that subject to the approval of the Bid Adjudication Committee, the Head of Real Estate be authorised to sign all documents to conclude the Commercial Leasehold Agreement while the Head of Human Settlements be authorised to sign all documents necessary to conclude the Social Housing and Student Accommodation Leasehold.
 
The report was largely welcomed at the meeting where the need for student accommodation in that vicinity was highlighted.
 
Chairperson of the Economic and Development Planning Committee Sipho Kaunda said the report is before Council to show intent.
 
“Thereafter officials will be able to embark on the consultation process. They can’t consult without the mandate from Council. Those concerned about this issue will be consulted,” he said.
 
ENDS
 
Issued by the eThekwini Municipality’s Acting Head of Communications Mandla Nsele.
 
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