19 February 2019
Executive Committee Decisions
EThekwini Mayor Zandile Gumede urged all ward councillors to be accessible to members of their community if land invasion was taking place, in order to deal with it effectively
She was speaking at an Executive Committee meeting held today, 19 February.
Mayor Gumede said there have been an increased number of land invasion incidents taking place across the City recently. She believes they are politically motivated.
She said in some cases private property and not Municipal land was being invaded, but the City would intervene regardless of this fact.
“I urge all councillors to assist residents regarding land invasion. This issue of land invasion is escalating. There are also allegations that there are some councillors encouraging people to claim land. We are taking these allegations seriously and will deal with those councillors who are found to have encouraged land invasion,” she said.
Deputy Mayor Fawzia Peer encouraged the community to remain vigilant and report land invasion incidents to the relevant law enforcement agencies. To report incidents, the City has a dedicated telephone number the public must call which is manned 24/7. The number is 031 311 4699.
“The City’s Land Invasion Unit, daily, has its hands full in its endeavour to clamp down on this illicit behaviour. In 2018, the Unit responded to 95 complaints in October, 97 in November 2018 and 43 in December. To date, the City allocates millions every financial year for this unit to discharge its duties religiously. Had it not been for these worrying incidents, this revenue would have been used to carry out other service delivery programmes” said Councillor Peer.
In her conclusion, Mayor Gumede said she was raising the issue at the Executive Committee meeting as it was escalating. She urged land invaders to follow proper processes to get housing while also urging private land owners to engage with the Department of Human Settlements to develop their vacant land or fence it off.
The Executive Committee today, 19 February, approved a report to amend the scope of a contract for the provision of refuse collection, street sweeping and litter picking in the north and north central regions in the City.
The tabled report stated that the Cleansing and Solid Waste Unit has been utilising the services of 12 co-operatives to provide street sweeping and refuse collection services in Inanda Township. These co-operatives contract ended on 30 October 2018.
The Unit appointed replacement contracts in November 2018 to provide refuse collection in all informal areas that were previously serviced by the community-based contractors and co-operatives. However, the co-operative areas were erroneously excluded from the contract.
The Unit thereafter sought authority from the Executive Committee and the Bid Adjudication Committee to amend the scope and the contract authority for the contract to include the additional 64 000 household in the Inanda, Ntuzuma and Kwa Mashu areas. The additional budget requested was for the period of six months, from December 2018 to June 2019.
The Unit is now seeking authority for the inclusion of the 64 000 households into the contract for the outer financial years, namely 2019/20 and 2020/21.
Deputy City Manager of Trading Services Philemon Mashoko said the City was trying its best to deal with challenges in the Cleansing and Solid Waste Unit. He said the tabled report sought to ensure the households serviced by the co-operatives would be serviced for the next two financial years.
“We want to extend the arrangement which is a result of misalignment of contracts. The organic growth of the City means there are constantly new settlements that require services which we endeavour to provide,” he said.
Chairperson of the Human Settlements and Infrastructure Committee Councillor Mondli Mthembu said while this report sought to rectify a mistake, the report has to be approved to ensure 64 000 households continued to receive services.
Issued by the eThekwini Municipality Communications Unit’s Acting Head Mandla Nsele.
For more information, kindly contact Mayoral Spokesperson Mthunzi Gumede on 071 412 7701 or City Spokesperson Msawakhe Mayisela on 031 311 4820/18
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