ETHEKWINI NEWS FLASH
 
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
 
31 May 2018
 
Full Council Decisions
 
AMALGAMATION OF UMNGENI RIVER BIRD PARK WITH MITCHELL PARK ZOO
 
A report outlining the amalgamation of uMngeni River Bird Park with Mitchell Park Zoo was tabled at a Full Council meeting held today, 31 May.
 
The report noted that the uMngeni River Bird Park is currently under a three year management contract with Top Administration Services while Mitchell Park Zoo is managed by the City’s Parks, Recreation and Culture (PRC) Unit. The report noted that Top Administration Services and staff members currently employed under this contract have no objections to the takeover of this function, subject to the remuneration being placed at applicable salary scales and being placed on a close match basis with staff from the PRC Unit.
 
The tabling of the report granted authority for the Acting Deputy City Manager for Community and Emergency Services to facilitate the commencement of the amalgamation process. Furthermore, the total number of employees to be amalgamated and the financial implications as a result should be presented to the Community Services Committee, where the report was first tabled, for approval.
 
The report also recommended that the uMngeni River Bird Park employees be accordingly placed before the expiry of the current three year contract.
 
APPROVAL OF THE INNER CITY REGENERATION IMPLEMENTATION PROGRAMME
 
A report tabled at a Full Council meeting held today, 31 May noted that the inner city is one of the most important precincts within Durban and remains the largest revenue generator for the City in terms of contribution of around 50 percent of the City’s rates.
 
The report notes that the Inner City Regeneration Implementation Programme was welcomed in view of its strategic objective to ensure the implementation of the Master Plan and establish the Inner City Development entity in line with the recommendations of the Inner City Master and Regeneration Strategy.
 
The report notes that in order to establish the Inner City Development Entity, in line with the recommendation of the Inner City Master and Regeneration Strategy and to ensure the implementation of the Master Plan, the strategic facilitation and management of the Inner City Regeneration Implementation Programme by the Deputy City Manager of Economic Development and Planning Phillip Sithole and Deputy City Manager of Trading Services Philemon Mashoko.
 
The report further stated that the establishment of the Inner City Regeneration Implementation team as championed by both heads of Development Planning, Environment and Management and of Cleansing and Solid Waste with the necessary mandate and authority.
 
The Implementation Team is requested to undertake a detailed assessment on the implementation plan with estimated budget requirements and report back to Council for approval.
 
City Manager Sipho Nzuza was requested to dedicate additional resources in the form of human capital and equipment to the programme for a period of 36 months and be renewed on a quarterly basis, in line with the available budget.
 
APPROVAL OF AIR QUALITY PLAN FOR ETHEKWINI MUNICIPALITY
 
Full Council today, 31 May, approved the Air Quality Management Plan of eThekwini Municipality together with the request from the Health Unit for additional funding for the implementation process to comply with the National Environmental Management Air Quality Act.
 
The report noted that the importance of air quality management within the City of eThekwini is being acknowledged hence the significance of prioritising the matter to combat, amongst others things, the illegal dumping which has been a thorny issue. Increasing the staff compliment is regarded as a key to effectively fulfil this function thus the recommendation to employ additional Health Environmental Practitioners, the report stated.
 
The report recommended that the eThekwini Municipality Air Quality Management Plan be approved and incorporated into the Municipality’s Integrated Development Plan with the Health Unit serving as an implementing agent.
 
The report also noted that adequate capital and operational funding of R3.5 million be granted to the Health Unit to achieve the Municipality’s legislated mandate in terms of Air Quality Management.
 
Meanwhile, Full Council tabled another report to enter into an agreement with Settlers Primary School to conduct Ambient Air Quality Monitoring.
 
The report granted authority for the City Manager Sipho Nzuza to enter into a three year memorandum of agreement with Settlers Primary School which is currently being used as an ambient monitoring station to monitor ambient air quality in the refinery corridor.
 
The report noted that the school was selected because of its location to successfully monitor prevailing winds in all directions with the school being a secure site to house the assets required to monitor the air.
 
The City will reimburse the school for the electricity costs incurred to operate the ambient monitoring station.
 
ENDS
 
Issued by the eThekwini Municipality’s Acting Head of Communications Mandla Nsele.
 
 
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