ETHEKWINI NEWS FLASH

04/02/16

For Immediate Release

Recommendations Made At Community and Emergency Services Committee Meeting

The Community and Emergency Services Committee held its first meeting for the year today, 4 February 2016. Chairperson of the Committee, Cllr Zandile Gumede said she looked forward to a new year where the Municipality would continue to put service delivery first.

The following issues were deliberated on and provisionally approved, subject to final approval by the Executive Committee.

Projected over-expenditure of overtime budget 

The Parks, Leisure and Cemeteries Department has a projected overtime expenditure of R19 543 592 above the budgeted amount. This is based on calculations of overtime expenditure within the first three months of the 2015/16 financial year. The nature of the services provided by this department dictates that for service delivery not to be interrupted, overtime expenditure is inevitable. 

The Committee noted this projection but recommended that in future, such expenditure should be planned for accordingly.

Grass cutting and bush clearing of unmaintained verges

The Committee noted that the Parks, Leisure and Cemeteries Department has been experiencing delays in appointing service providers to undertake grass cutting and bush clearing services. This is as a result of the stringent supply chain management procedures that have to be followed to ensure that public funds are used effectively and are accounted for. 

In this regard it was recommended that co-operatives be appointed, under section 36, for a period of six months to undertake this task to ensure that service delivery continues without any further delays.

Events funding for Moses Mabhida Stadium

The Committee approved funding for Moses Mabhida Stadium to host a number of events in this financial year.

Hosting these events, which will include soccer matches and concerts, will have a number of positive spinoffs for the City and residents. This is also keeping in line with the City’s vision of becoming Africa’s sports and events capital. 

3rd Amantshontsho kaMaskandi Awards

The City will provide financial assistance to the value of R466 306.80 for the hosting of the third Amantshontsho kaMaskandi Awards scheduled to take place at the Inkosi Albert Luthuli International Convention Centre on Saturday, 20 February 2016.

The Awards Ceremony seeks to celebrate and honour maskandi musicians who have excelled in the genre.

Support of the liberation heritage routes

The Municipality supports the National Liberation Heritage Route, an initiative by the National Heritage Council, designed to develop and manage the legacy of the liberation struggle throughout the country.

As part of this initiative, the GPS navigation devise and other modern day technologies will be used to identify, document and commemorate local sites and icons of the struggle for freedom and democracy in South Africa. Some of the sites identified as part of this initiative include KwaMuhle Museum, Cartwright flats, YMCA on Charlotte Maxeke Street, United Congregational Church of South Africa and Curries Fountain Stadium among others.

Provision of possible sites for new statues to be erected

The KwaZulu-Natal Premier’s Office has requested assistance from eThekwini Municipality to identify strategic sites within the Municipality where struggle icon statues, tombstones, monuments, memorials and walls of remembrance will be erected. The struggle heroes to be honoured will include Dorothy Nyembe, Dr Monty Naicker, Victoria Mxenge, Dr Pixley ka Isaka Seme and Moses Mabhida. 

Suitable sites for the monuments have been identified and approved by the committee.

In line with this project, the Provincial Department of Arts and Culture has also requested the Municipality to identify a suitable location in Umlazi where plaques of the late stalwarts, Griffith and Victoria Mxenge, will be erected.

ENDS

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

For more information members of the media can contact Gugu Sisilana on 031 311 4855 or email: gugu.mbonambi@durban.gov.za or Princess Nkabane on 031 311 4855 or email: princess.nkabane@durban.gov.za.



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