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Mayor donates R3 million to community based organisations

themba khumalo ETHEKWINI Municipality donated close to R3 million Grantin-Aid funding to 107 beneficiaries on 29 September at the Durban City Hall, providing much needed assistance to several community based Non- Profit Organisations (NPOs). The NPOs from various Municipal wards received cheques from the Municipality?s Sundry Grant-in-Aid programme worth R28 000 each. The programme provides financial and material support to NPOs, especially in impoverished communities. The cheques were handed over by Mayor Zandile Gumede and the Chairperson of the Community Services Committee Councillor Zama Sokhabase. Addressing beneficiaries, Mayor Gumede said the Municipality is committed to supporting NPOs because of the good work they do in their respective communities. ?We recognise that NPOs are important pillars of Elated members of the Bhekinkosi Crèche were in awe after receiving a cheque for R28 000 from eThekwini Mayor Zandile Gumede and Chairperson of the Community Services Committee Councillor Zama Sokhabase. Picture: themba khumalo our communities and that is why we will continue to provide support to these organisations so they can help deal with various issues at ward level,? she said. Mayor Gumede said the Grant-in-Aid programme provides funding to community based organisations to enhance the work that they provide to communities. ?We acknowledge the immense contribution made by NPOs.? She said the Municipality supports different sectors, including youth organisations, senior citizens, community projects and soup kitchens. ?We also seek to promote and support early childhood development,? she said. Issuing a stern warning to corrupt organisations, Mayor Gumede said: ?Those who will be found misusing tax payers? money will face the full might of the law. You must use these funds for the benefit of the community you are serving.? Senior Manager of Policy and Administration at Community Participation and Action Support Unit Xoliswa Mashiane said the number of organisations that benefit from the grant depends on the number of applications the City receives and the number of organisations that qualify. ?Organisations were screened and verified to ensure that they are not phantom organisations.? Mashiane said her office was expecting reports from all the organisations that benefited on the day, outlining the work they have undertaken as per the memorandum of agreement. ?We will also visit your organisations without notifying you. We want to see if you are doing what you committed to doing. We want you to continue to be the extension of government by continuing to do good work.? themba.khumalo@durban.gov.za

UMkhumbane Museum wins African award

Gugu Mdlalose IT was double celebrations for the City?s ultra-modern uMkhumbane Cultural and Heritage Museum after it scooped an accolade for being the best new building in Africa in the inaugural Africa Architecture Awards just three days before World Architecture Day on 2 October. An event to celebrate the milestone, which coincided with World Architecture Day, was held at the R80 million museum in Cato Manor on 2 October. The museum, which was designed by local firm Choromanski Architects, was awarded the accolade during a ceremony in Cape Town on 28 September. The prestigious awards attracted 307 entries from 32 countries, with uMkhumbane Museum being the only South African entry in the ?built? category. The awards aim to recognise and reward projects from around the continent and seeks to celebrate design excellence, honour established architects and encourage emerging and future designers. Speaking at the celebratory event, City Manager Sipho Nzuza said the project has revived the Cato Manor area, helped preserve the area?s rich heritage and boosted tourism in the City. Importantly, he said the museum has created jobs for people in the area. Nzuza said the museum is strategically located in the area with a rich political history. Acting Head of the Architecture Department Nina Saunders applauded everyone involved in constructing the museum. She also thanked the community of Cato Manor, saying they played a critical role in identifying the site. In a celebratory mood outside the uMkhumbane Cultural and Heritage Museum are (from left) Mhlengi Gumede of Cato Manor Area Based Management, Ward 101 Councillor Mzi Ngiba, Rodney Choromanski and City Manager Sipho Nzuza showing off the prestigious Africa award the museum was awarded for its architectural design. Picture: supplied

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