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August - 18 August 2016 Your FREE Newspaper


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Be a change champion

PRINCESS NKABANE BLATANT disregard for the environment and littering have been identified as some of the leading causes for the stormwater drain blockages that occurred during the onslaught of heavy rains. During the recent downpour, a number of the City?s drains were unable to allow the excess of 200mm of rainfall to flow through the City?s stormwater drainage system. This was due to the accumulation of litter and debris that had blocked the drains. Deputy Head Coastal Stormwater and Catchment Management, Randeer Kasserchun said eThekwini residents must be champions of change by playing an active role in the protection of the ecosystem. ?In order to curb any future stormwater drain blockages and the unnecessary infrastructure damage that results from flooding, residents should refrain from using the streets and drains as bins,? he said. Kasserchun said pollution has negatively contributed to the functioning of the stormwater network, however the City had various interventions in place. ?These interventions are comprised of both educational drives and technical engineering solutions,? he said. Kasserchun said the Municipality has designed and installed Trash Traps and Oil Separation Weirs on various rivers and canals that discharge into the Harbour area. However, in order not to compromise the hydraulic capacity of the existing stormwater network, these interventions are designed to operate during low flow situations only. Kasserchun said residents, however, still needed to play their role, as the installations did not screen high flows which would result in the litter being deposited on the beaches during floods. Residents are urged to report problems associated with the stormwater system on 0801313013 or email

Your Vote Is Your Voice

Community and Emergency Services Chairperson Cllr Zandile Gumede joined thousands of eThekwini residents in Amaoti, north of Durban, to cast her vote in the fifth local government elections on 3 August. Picture: JESSIE SINGH

By-laws awareness roadshows

PRINCESS NKABANE ETHEKWINI Municipality is conducting weekly by-law roadshows to educate the public about what is legally permissible in the City and the applicable penalties to those that break the law. City officials have been driving the message of by-law compliance since 30 June and have visited several areas, including the uThongathi taxi rank in the North, the South and the Western parts of eThekwini Municipality. City Chief Legal Advisor, Muhammed Oomar said the interactive roadshows would focus mainly on the recently promulgated bylaws such as the Nuisance and Behaviour in Public The public turned out in their numbers to attend the City?s by-law roadshow awareness drive, where they were educated about what is legally permissible in the City. Picture: SUPPLIED Places By-law, the Problem Building By-law and the Municipal Beaches By-law, to name a few. Oomar said despite the roadshows, eThekwini residents and visitors needed to familiarise themselves with the by-laws by logging onto the Municipal website, www. ?The process of community engagement is on-going and we aim to incrementally change public behaviour as awareness is raised,? he said. The by-law education roadshows are held weekly on Wednesdays, Thursdays and Fridays from 10am to 1pm at malls and taxi ranks. During the roadshows, Municipal staff explain the by-laws in detail, hand out booklets containing information about the different by-laws and a competition is held to test the audience?s knowledge about the various by-laws. Workshops for Municipal staff are held internally.

City continues to empower women

PRINCESS NKABANE IN the past three financial years from 2013 to 2015 alone, eThekwini Municipality has awarded over 2000 contracts to women owned business enterprises worth over R4 billion across different fields such as construction and engineering. This was revealed by Councillor Zama Sokhabase, during an inspiring Young Women?s empowerment Dinner that was attended by hundreds of women from different spheres of government, business, religious and tertiary institutions at uShaka Marine World on 15 July. Sokhabase said the City aimed to ensure that women were empowered so that they will continue to contribute to the economic development of eThekwini. ?Almost 10 years ago we initiated the Women empowerment Programme and since then we have provided a sizeable number of women in business with opportunities to participate and contribute meaningfully to the City and country?s economy ,? she said, adding that more than 620 women-owned Small, Medium and Micro-sized Enterprises (SMMEs) have benefited through training and mentorship.


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