24 July 2018
Executive Committee Decisions
EThekwini Mayor Zandile Gumede noted the disruption to refuse collection in a number of areas in the City including uMlazi, KwaMakhutha, Mbumbulu, Isipingo, Folweni and Cato Manor during an Executive Committee meeting held today, 24 July.
She said the disruption to waste collection was as a result of a payment dispute between main contractors and sub-contractors adding that relevant City departments were dealing with the issue.
Mayor Gumede said she and City Manager Sipho Nzuza will speak publicly on this issue, to inform and update the public, soon.
“The relationship between the main contractor and sub-contractor does not fall within the scope of the City. However, as a caring City we are concerned about the issue. I, along with the City Manager will be providing an explanation to the public in due course. We are transparent and will inform the public,” she added.
She said the disruption to the waste collection service is a concern and needed to come to an end.
“As the government we support issues of empowerment. However, the implementation aspect which is the ‘how part’ lies with officials. So I ask officials to please deal with this aspect on the administrative side of things,” said Mayor Gumede.
A number of prime locations within the inner city have been approved for social housing in a bid to rejuvenate the inner city and draw investment back to the region.
This follows the tabling of the Human Settlements and Infrastructure Committee report which outlined the sites to be released for social housing at an Executive Committee meeting today, 24 July.
The report stated that due to ongoing concerns by community members that most open spaces around the eThekwini area were being invaded, it was then apparent that it would be in the best interest for Council to secure the land in question for housing development. The report further states that it was advised that Albert Park was currently underutilised and as a result was attracting criminal elements which was why the proposal for mixed use housing was taken.
The identified sites include:
• Star Seaside Children’s Home on the corner of Playfair and Milneux Road,
• Tennis Table Building, namely Lot 3405 and Lot 3406 at 2 Epsom Road,
• Umngeni Road, south of Isaiah Ntshangase Road and east of Umngeni Road,
• Drive-In Site, south of Sandile Thusi Road, west of Sylvester Ntuli Road,
• Albert Park, north of Margaret Mncadi Avenue and south of Diakonia Avenue,
• Victoria Park, north of Baumann Road and south of Gresham Place,
• Warwick Bus Depot, Ismail C Meer Street and east of Market Road,
• Block AK, west of Gladys Manzi Road, south of Osborne Street and north of Ascot Road.
The tabled report grants that in terms of Section 34 (1)(b) of the Asset Transfer Regulations, authority be granted to enter into long-term leases in respect of the above mentioned properties for an initial period of 30 years with an option to renew for a further 20 years for the development of social and gap housing.
The report also grants authority to rezone the properties to the appropriate zoning to accommodate the proposed development. The Head of Human Settlements together with the Acting Head of Real Estate will sign binding and enforceable memoranda of agreement with social housing institutions to ensure that the envisaged development is completed.
Furthermore, commercial opportunities must also be created in the development.
The report was largely welcomed by the Executive Committee members.
Chairperson of the Human Settlements and Infrastructure Committee Mondli Mthembu said the inner city Local Area Plan (LAP) covers most of these sites. He said the LAP seeks to create a vision and framework to revitalise the inner city.
“We realise that we have capital flight from the inner city and this project seeks to regenerate the inner city in line with the LAP. We want to bring investment back to the inner city which has moved to the northern and western suburbs. This will bring economic development to the City,” Councillor Mthembu said.
Deputy Mayor Fawzia Peer said the social housing will be mixed-use and will include professionals working in the City.
“Living in the vicinity where these professionals work will be an advantage to them. A number of American cities have social housing in the city centre. Also, social housing helps with regeneration,” she said.
Deputy City Manager of the Human Settlements, Engineering and Transport Cluster Beryl Mphakathi said there are currently 60 000 to 70 000 people currently living in the inner city. She said by 2040 there will be 450 000 people in the inner city stating that it was incumbent for the City to respond to this and plan ahead.
“This will be a mixed-use, mixed-income development with economic activity taking place within the social housing. The Social Housing Act states that social housing has to exist with the inner city. Realistically, people reside in the inner city and it is up to the City to make it formal,” she said.
Mphakathi said this report was the next step to ensure eThekwini was like other thriving cities in the world which had inclusive, mixed-use and integrated communities.
A progress report outlining the implementation plan to be followed for the rebranding of the City was tabled at an Executive Committee meeting today, 24 July.
The tabled report stated that Council approved a report on the review of the eThekwini Municipality brand on 28 June 2017 where authority was granted to City Manager Sipho Nzuza to embark on a rebranding process and to establish a project team to ensure implementation.
The tabled report stated that Nzuza has since appointed a project team, led by the Deputy City Manager of Governance Sipho Cele, to embark on a process to review the Municipal branding.
The tabled report states that the project team has developed the project plan for the City’s rebranding journey.
As part of the review process, the project team will be guided by a format which includes consultations with various stakeholders on the City’s rebranding, competition on the City’s new logo, calls for proposals using local and mainstream media to invite residents to submit proposals as well as the appointment of a service provider to capture, design and refine public concept.
The report notes that the rebranding exercise is scheduled to take place over six months with implementation of the new brand taking place over three years.
As part of intensive stakeholder engagement and to help evaluate public input, the task team will set up two focus group. The first group will comprise of City officials, religious leaders and business people.
The second focus group will consist of members of the Executive Committee and Councillors from the Governance and Human Resources Committee. The political focus group, the report states, will also serve as an oversight committee.
The external consultation process will see the project team interact with Brand South Africa, hold focus group discussions with the Durban Chamber of Commerce, Durban Business Coalition, Minara Chamber, youth formations, non-profit organisations, non-governmental organisations, amakhosi and other relevant formations. Radio programmes will also be used to solicit feedback.
The estimated cost of the project is R2.3 million and includes a media campaign calling for proposals, a competition prize, professional finalisation of the logo and rollout to all formats as well the production of the branding manual and branding materials.
Chairperson of the Governance and Human Resources Committee Barbara Fortein welcomed the report saying it was apprising the Executive Committee of the plan going forward.
“We have discussed the merits of rebranding and this is a plan of action,” she said.
Deputy City Manager of Economic Development and Planning Phillip Sithole said rebranding is not just about a logo. He said rebranding was about defining who we are as a City and how people will receive the City.
“Rebranding also looks at the issue of the destination itself. The rebranding exercise will look at eThekwini Municipality as well as the Durban as a City separately. We are learning from other cities both inside and outside South Africa who have embarked on rebranding exercises,” said Sithole.
EThekwini Mayor Zandile Gumede welcomed the report saying it clearly states what will happen with the rebranding exercise going forward including the vital component of external consultation.
“This is not just a logo, it is a brand which will serve to further attract investors. We will consolidate and have one image for the City,” she said.
Issued by the eThekwini Municipality’s Acting Head of Communications Mandla Nsele.
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