ETHEKWINI NEWS FLASH
 
11 May 2018
 
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
 
Recommendations from the Community Services Committee Meeting
 
The Community Services Committee held its monthly meeting on 10 May 2018, where various programmes and projects being spearheaded by Units within the committee were discussed. Programmes and projects recommended by the committee will be presented at the Executive Council meeting for approval.
 
APPROVAL OF AIR QUALITY MANAGEMENT PLAN
 
The Committee approved the implementation of the Air Quality Management Plan (AQMP). The AQMP is a strategic document that is linked to the Municipality’s Integrated Development Plan. Legislation stipulates that the Plan must be reviewed at five-year intervals.
 
Interventions implemented under the Plan seek to achieve compliance with air quality objectives and to ensure that ambient air is not harmful to the health and wellbeing of the people of eThekwini. The City has set aside R3.5m for the implementation of interventions as stipulated in the AQMP. The interventions include the refurbishment and replacement of aging air quality monitors. This will greatly contribute to the improvement of the quality of life for the people of eThekwini.
 
AGREEMENT WITH SETTLERS PRIMARY SCHOOL TO CONDUCT AMBIENT AIR QUALITY MONITORING AND AUTHORITY FOR PAYMENT OF ELECTRICTITY USED
 
In compliance with the National Environmental Management: Air Quality Act (39 of 2004), the Municipality commissioned the installation of an Ambient Monitoring Station at the Settlers Primary School in 2004. The school is situated between Engen and Sapref Refineries. The ambient air quality data collected by the station is critical in determining impacts on human health as well as monitor compliance to air quality legislation by the refineries.
 
EXTENSION OF LEASE WITH CAPRISA ETHEKWINI RESEARCH CLINIC
 
The Committee agreed to extend the lease tenure of the Centre for the AIDS Programme of Research of South Africa (CAPRISA) for a further 10 years. It also approved that CAPRISA undertake renovations at the clinic in order for them to be able to optimally utelise the building for research on interventions that could reduce the number of new cases of HIV infection and HIV-related deaths in Africa.
 
COLLABORATION WITH SAIAB FOR HOSTING THE DURBAN NATURAL SCIENCE MUSEUM RESEARCH COLLECTIONS SPECIFY DATABASE
 
The Durban Natural Science Museum will enter into a Memorandum of Understanding with the South African Institute for Biodiversity (SAIAB). The MOU is for SAIAB to host and maintain, at no cost to the City, the Natural Science research collections database.
 
The Durban Natural Science Museum, founded in 1887, has amassed several natural history collections consisting of approximately 240 000 specimen. The specimen metadata were stored in MS Access and excel spreadsheet format, which are not designed for natural history collections. The Municipality intends to adopt SPECIFY 7 as a preferred collections management system and will be hosted by SAIAB.
 
AMALGAMATION OF UMNGENI BIRD PARK WITH MITCHELL PARK ZOO
 
The Umngeni Bird Park will be amalgamated with the Mitchell Park Zoo and managed by the Parks, Leisure and Cemeteries Department. The Umngeni Bird Park is currently owned by the Municipality and managed by Top Administration Services (PTY) Ltd. The contract with Top Management (PTY) Ltd will expire in March 2019, after which the Municipality will take over the management of the Bird Park with its staff complement of 30 people.
 
STATUS OF CLOSED POOL
 
The Committee was appraised of the status of several pools that have been closed due to repair work. Construction at the Rachel Finlayson Pool is currently 80% complete and it is estimated that the pool will be re-opened by the end of 2018. The pool at Newlands East was emptied in May 2016 due to a rapid loss of water through leaks in the pool carcass and pipework to and from the filtration pump house. Repairs are still underway. Repair work at Umlazi BB pool commenced in April 2018 and will be completed in the 2018/19 financial year. The pool at Firwood was emptied in July 2017 due to excessive water loss. The Municipality is awaiting a report from the investigation done to determine the full scale of repair work required at the pool
 
ENDS
 
Issued by Acting Head of Communications, Mandla Nsele
 
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