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- 15 September 2016 Your FREE Newspaper


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New Council in action

GUGU SISILANA NEWLY elected Mayor of eThekwini Municipality Councillor Zandile Gumede has vowed to drive a corruption free City and raise the bar in service delivery, through implementing high-impact interventions that will benefit residents. Gumede made the comments during her maiden speech, at the inaugural Council sitting for the 2016-2021 term of office which was held on 23 August, at the Durban City Hall. Gumede also tasked City officials to continue to get the basics right. ?Our streets must be clean, roads must be without potholes, waste must be collected weekly, our street lamps must work, households and businesses must have regular power supply, issues of health and safety must be addressed and water and sanitation are also in our list of priorities,? said Gumede. City Manager Sibusiso Sithole presided over the swearing-in of the 218 councillors and the election of Council Speaker William Lekgoa Mapena, after which Mapena took over the reins and presided over the election of the Mayor, Deputy Mayor Fawzia Peer and the Chief Whip of Council Nelly Nyanisa. Gumede will chair the Executive Committee. The members of the committee include Peer, Barbara Fortein, Sipho Kaunda, Mondli Mthembu, Zamazulu Sokhabase, Zwakele Mncwango, Sharon Hoosen, Heinz de Boer and Mduduzi Samuel Nkosi. Thabane Luthuli was elected as the Chairperson of the Municipal Public Accounts Committee and Richard Hlophe was elected as the Chairperson of the Ethics Committee. Speaking about Council?s service delivery achievements, Gumede said eThekwini Municipality has a good service delivery track record and has received many accolades. ?Despite these accolades we cannot live on past achievements. Our task, as the newly elected Council, is to consolidate the gains that have been made in the last few years and acceleration of service delivery in areas where services have not reached the poorest of the poor,? she stressed. She said several catalytic projects were underway to improve people?s lives for the better. The City?s plans also responds to the development needs of the new areas incorporated into eThekwini Municipality?s boundaries and the expansion of ours wards from 103 to 110. Gumede also reassured Meet members of the new eThekwini Municipality leadership: (L-R) Speaker William Lekgoa Mapena, Mayor Zandile Gumede, Deputy Mayor Fawzia Peer and Chief Whip of Council Nelly Nyanisa. Picture: THEMBA KHUMALO business that the City was committed to building a globally competitive investment destination. In due course, she said, the City will convene a Mayoral Lekgotla to provide political direction and its plan for the next five years, guided by the National and Provincial priorities of government.

City upgrades Bulwer Park Depot Conversion

PRINCESS NKABANE CONSTRUCTION of the Bulwer Park Depot Conversion is well underway and when complete, the facility will provide much-needed services to residents and visitors at the Bulwer Park. The new facility will include public ablutions, a security office and a food retail or restaurant space with both indoor and outdoor dining areas overlooking a terraced landscaped area. Acting Deputy Head of Architecture, Nina Saunders said the facility is expected to be completed in December this year. She said the conversion of the existing depot building within Bulwer Park was in response to a brief from the Parks Recreation and Culture Unit for the creation of a facility that would feature ablution facilities for park users as well as restaurant or café. Saunders said the construction formed the second phase of the Bulwer Park Urban Regeneration project that was implemented by eThekwini Municipality Architecture Department a few years ago. ?The first phase saw the successful completion of the running track and outdoor gym facility which has received a positive response from residents making use of the parks,? she said. Saunders said most of the existing depot, which lies just within the existing running track at the intersection of Ebor and Bath Roads, have been demolished. ?The new building will be built over the previous building?s footprint. The building design layout has been intentionally kept simple with passive environmental control being a key design informant,? she said. The new development has been welcomed by residents. Thembelihle Gambushe, who lives in the area said the new facility will add to the liveliness of the Bulwer Park area. ?With a new security office, residents will feel safe when using the park,? she added. An artistic impression of what the Bulwer Park Depot Conversion will look like once construction is completed in December this year.


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