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December

e z a s e g a g a s i n i

2016 - 26 January 2017 Your FREE Newspaper www.durban.gov.za

CITY BOOSTS AGRICULTURAL SECTOR

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SERVICE DELIVERY INSPECTION

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Safe and fun holidays

SIMPHIWE DLAMINI ETHEKWINI Municipality?s Festive Season plan will focus on clamping down on lawlessness and preventing road accidents by deploying additional law enforcement officers to ensure safe holidays for residents and tourists in the City. Unveiling the City?s integrated Festive Season Management Plan on 7 December at uThongathi, Mayor Zandile Gumede said Durban is ready to put its best foot forward to welcome holidaymakers this festive season. The peak season plan will be in operation from 7 December to 20 January 2017. The launch of the festive season comes as Councillor Gumede celebrates 100 days in office. ?The safety of our patrons is a key priority. With our beaches being packed during this period and to ensure that children don?t get lost, 90 000 wristbands have been procured. All children on the beachfront will be required to wear a wristband which contains the details of their guardians. In the event that a child is separated from their guardian, we have employed 40 childminders to look after them until they are reunited with their parents,? said Councillor Gumede. The Municipality has employed about 72 beach buddies that will be situated across various City beaches and will be on hand to offer assistance to visitors. Gumede said the City was committed to avoiding and limiting the number of drowning during this period. ?We have employed additional 113 seasonal lifeguards that we have deployed at various beaches. To ensure that the City?s beaches are clean at all times, we have appointed 95 additional litter pickers and an extra 1 362 litter bins have been placed along the beachfront,? Gumede added. The Municipality urges The Festive Season Operational Plan was officially launched in uThongathi on 7 December where eThekwini Mayor Zandile Gumede outlined the City?s plans to ensure residents and visitors enjoyed a safe festive season. The community of uThongathi came out in their thousands to support the event. Picture: ZAMANTUNGWA GUMEDE patrons to make use of these bins to ensure that the City is kept clean at all times. Over and above the 95 additional litter pickers, Durban Solid Waste staff will work in two shifts, providing an 18 hour service. A mobile ?hit team? will be deployed to the beachfront to attend to urgent complaints and will be on site daily from 07h00 to 16h00. As part of our efforts to improve security and to lure back visitors, the City Law Enforcement Officers will also be out in full force. Several road safety campaigns have been planned to ensure that unroadworthy vehicles and drunken driving is curbed. simphiwe.dlamini@durban.gov.za

EThekwini Mayor elected as Deputy President of SALGA

CHARMEL PAYET ETHEKWINI Mayor Zandile Gumede is among the newly elected national leadership of the South African Local Government Association (SALGA). Gumede will serve as Deputy President along with former Johannesburg Mayor Parks Tau who has been named as SALGA President. Sebenzile Ngangelizwe from Lejweleputswa District Municipality and Lindiwe Ntshalintshali from Emalahleni Local Municipality will serve alongside Gumede as Deputy Presidents of SALGA. The election and confirmation of the national office bearers and the National Executive Committee was made during the SALGA 2016 National Conference held from 28 November to 1 December at the Sandton International Convention Centre in Johannesburg. The newly elected leadership will preside and lead the sector guided by SALGA?s Strategic Framework from 2017 to 2022. The conference was held under the theme ?Building a Sustainable, Responsive and People Centred Local Government?. The conference, which is held every five years, was Cllr Zandile Gumede Mayor of eThekwini Municipality hailed a resounding success and was evident that organised local government in South Africa is functional. It was attended by over 2000 senior decision makers in municipalities including Mayors, Speakers, Municipal Managers and Chief Financial Officers. Councillor Gumede said she was honoured to be elected and would work hard with local government structures to ensure efficient and effective service delivery to all communities. ?Local government is the sphere closest to the people and plays a critical role in ensuring quality services and that people?s lives are improved for the better. We are ready to make a difference in the communities we serve and will continue with the good work that has already been done,? she said.

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Improved credit rating for the City

CHARMEL PAYET GLOBAL Credit Rating, which has provided eThekwini Municipality?s credit rating over the past three financial periods, has upgraded the Municipality?s Long-Term National Scale Credit Rating from AA- to AA. The Short-Term Credit Rating was retained at A1+, maintaining a positive look overall. The Global Credit Rating October 2016 annual review was contained in a report presented to the Executive Committee on 6 December. The credit rating upgrade, according to the report, is a good indicator for the Municipality in terms of TOLL FREE NUMBER:

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healthy performance in the current economic climate where South Africa as a country is facing credit rating challenges. Deputy City Manager of Finance Krish Kumar said the improved ratings spoke volumes as it indicated that the City is well managed. ?This improved rating should be commended in these tough economic times. Full marks to Council and the Executive Management for this outstanding achievement,? Kumar said. The next credit rating review is due to take place in October 2017. charmel.payet@durban.gov.za

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