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April - 14 April 2016 Your FREE Newspaper


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City draft budget tabled

ROMITA HANUMAN ETHEKWINI Municipality?s record R41.7 billion pro-poor draft budget for the 2016/17 financial year has been tabled at Council and is now available for public comment. All residents and stakeholders are urged to come out in their numbers and attend the budget hearings that will be held across the City in April. After public consultations the budget will thereafter be adopted at the end of May 2016. Service delivery, poverty alleviation, economic growth and job creation form an integral part of the budget. Mayor James Nxumalo said: ?The draft budget was set against the background of slow economic growth, rising debt and higher interest rates where tough fiscal choices had to be made. Despite increasingly challenging circumstances, we continue to sustain service delivery in a constrained fiscal environment.? Nxumalo has pledged the City?s support to government?s Back to Basics programme aimed at rekindling the spirit of service delivery in the province?s municipalities. Nxumalo said residents in the City have a lot to be proud of. ?Over 75 percent of residents have access to basic services, we have one of the best service delivery programmes in Africa. We will continue to provide these services to improve the quality of life of our people,? he said. Nxumalo urged all residents and stakeholders to attend the budget hearings and fully participate in the budget allocation process. ?All comments and concerns will be given due consideration. Consult with your ward councillor for details of a consultation venue closest to you. The schedule will also be communicated via various media platforms,? said Nxumalo. Creating sustainable livelihoods is at the top of the Municipality?s economic growth strategy. The City has identified that unemployment is the main cause of high levels of inequality and poverty in South Africa. Therefore, our programmes are geared towards bridging a gap between the rich and poor communities in our society. Existing skills development programmes initiated by the City, such as Water mentorship programme has already employed 31 graduate engineers. The Zibambele Poverty Alleviation programme has created over 6200 jobs, 1250 caretakers are employed at Ablution Facilities with a further 50 to be employed this year. The Expanded Public works Programme is expected to create 29 000 work opportunities in the 2016/17 financial year.

EThekwini Honours The Icon

ETHEKWINI Mayor James Nxumalo presents former US Ambassador to the UN, Andrew Young, with a Freedom Medallion that illustrates ?Nelson Mandela standing behind his jail door with a candle in his hand celebrating his freedom?. Young was given the Freedom of the City of eThekwini during a ceremony at the City Hall on March 27. FOR MORE ON THE EVENT SEE PAGE 5 Picture: THEMBA KHUMALO

Countdown to HIV/AIDS Summit set to begin

SIMPHIWE DLAMINI THOUSANDS of eThekwini residents will join Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa, Provincial and Local Government leadership on Friday, 8 April 2016 in a parade through the City streets for the official launch and 100 days countdown to the much anticipated 21st International AIDS Conference to take place in July. The parade will kick-off from King Dinuzulu Park, proceed through Dr Pixley Ka Seme Street and end at Gugu Dlamini Park. The concept behind the 100 days countdown is to create awareness around the importance of the global conference which aims to find lasting solutions to eradicate the HIV/AIDS pandemic. Significantly, the Gugu Dlamini Park was named after an HIV/AIDS activist who was stoned to death in Lindelani, near KwaMashu in 1998 after publicly disclosing her HIV status. The July conference, scheduled to take place from 18 to 22 July at the Inkosi Albert Luthuli International Convention Centre, will be attended by scientists, policy makers, advocacy groups and business leaders to deliberate on the HIV-AIDS topic which not only affects the City of Durban but is also a threat to the global community. EThekwini Mayor and the Chairperson of the eThekwini AIDS Council, Cllr James Nxumalo said: ?It is vital for the City to create awareness and educate the public about the upcoming conference considering that eThekwini has one of the biggest ARV programmes in response to it being one of the municipalities in KwaZulu-Natal with the highest numbers of about 650 000 people living with the disease.? Themed ?Access Equity Right Now?, Nxumalo added that this will be a call to action to forge partnerships and reach people who still lack access to comprehensive treatment, prevention, care and support services. EThekwini is one the municipalities that has adopted the 90-90-90 strategy where 90% of HIV positive persons must know their status, with at least 90% of persons who need ARV treatment getting the medication and 90% of the people in healthcare have very low virus levels to ensure that they do not get sick.

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