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February - 23 February 2017 Your FREE Newspaper www.durban.gov.za

CITY FIGHTS ILLEGAL WATER CONNECTIONS

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NEW ECONOMIC EMPOWERMENT STRATEGY

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Service delivery in full swing

THEMBA KHUMALO ETHEKWINI Mayor Zandile Gumede has thanked the community of uMlazi who came out in their numbers to help clean their neighbourhood following the disruption of refuse collection in the township. Councillor Gumede also assured uMlazi residents that the City would do everything in its power to ensure that service delivery in the area continues without interruptions. ?Police will continue to monitor the situation throughout the township. We will not allow criminals to disrupt service delivery,? said Councillor Gumede. The clean-up campaign follows the disruption of refuse removal services in uMlazi which started on 30 January after a group of people allegedly threatened contractors servicing the area. Councillor Gumede said contractors began collecting refuse on 7 February. ?The police, City Security Management and private security guards will be on hand to ensure that these services continue uninterrupted.? Fixing of water leaks and responding to residents? complaints by Units such as Electricity and Roads was also interrupted. ?These departments are out in numbers to ensure that people have water, electricity and that potholes are fixed,? added Councillor Gumede. Chairperson of the Human Settlements and Infrastructure Committee, Councillor Mondli Mthembu, who led councillors in uMlazi during the clean-up campaign, said the actions of the group preventing contractors and Municipal officials from carrying out their work was unacceptable. ?We will not be held to ransom by thugs and we want the community to know this. We cannot fold our hands as if all is well. With rubbish piling up outside people?s homes, we are very concerned about the health of the people of uMlazi,? said Councillor Mthembu. Councillor Mthembu urged residents to work with the City to build healthy communities. ?We need your help, enough is enough, and law enforcement agencies must act decisively against anyone found to be breaking the law,? he said, adding that service delivery will continue and that the Municipality has a zero tolerance approach against anyone threatening to halt services. themba.khumalo@durban.gov.za

Let The Music Play

Mayor Zandile Gumede, who is beaming from ear to ear, is applauded by conductor Naum Rousine and members of the KZN Philharmonic Orchestra after conducting them. Picture: VAL ADAMSON

City to implement a holistic safety plan in uMlazi

CHARMEL PAYET RESIDENTS in uMlazi will see service delivery first-hand when a number of safety upgrades are undertaken in various wards in their community. These measures, which include building a transit camp for displaced families as well as building retaining walls, follows an oversight visit to the area by eThekwini Mayor Zandile Gumede and City officials in December where safety concerns were raised by residents. A report tabled at Full Council on 31 January requested funding to address safety and life threatening issues in the following wards in uMlazi namely 78, 79, 81, 82, 84, 85, 86, 87 and 88. The funding will assist with the construction of retaining walls in order to secure houses that are at risk of collapsing, the provision of storm water management, the construction of a transit facility and the construction of 1 700 metres of footpaths. It will also provide for the demolition and reconstruction of 20 storm damaged houses and the relocation of 123 displaced families, currently occupying Municipal halls. The families were temporarily placed at the halls following a storm disaster. The report states that the challenges faced by residents emanated from an in loco inspection conducted by Councillor Gumede along with Human Settlements officials in December last year. These challenges include 14 houses that have been deemed unsuitable for human habitation as they were built on steep terrain and are at risk of collapsing as a result of soil erosion due to heavy rains. There are also around 123 families occupying Municipal halls and the old uMlazi bakery, who are in need of housing opportunities. Land has been identified to construct a transit facility to accommodate the families of the 14 houses at risk of collapsing. Technical assessments have been completed on the site which belongs to the Municipality and is suitable for development. New land needs to be identified by the Municipality to accommodate the other displaced families. There is no space in existing transit facilities to accommodate these households. However, the KwaZulu-Natal Department of Human Settlements will provide funding for material in order to construct temporal structures for the affected families. The department is also screening the 123 families to verify if they meet the requirements to receive a housing subsidy and additional land will be acquired to provide a permanent housing solution for those qualifying beneficiaries. Meanwhile, retaining walls will be built for 68 houses. Councillor Gumede said while others were on holiday she was busy on the ground visiting uMlazi and meeting with affected residents. charmel.payet@durban.gov.za

THE NEW GENERAL VALUATION ROLL 2017 WILL BE OPEN FOR PUBLIC INSPECTION FROM 10 FEBRUARY 2017 TO 31 MARCH 2017

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