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June - 23 June 2016 Your FREE Newspaper www.durban.gov.za

ARREST IN MUNICIPAL JOBS SCAM

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RESIDENTS GET NEW HOMES

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Advancing people?s power

CHARMEL PAYET THE focus for eThekwini Municipality over the next three years is to deliver quality services, bridge the income gap between the rich and poor by creating sustainable job opportunities. This was the pledge Mayor James Nxumalo made when he delivered his powerful budget speech on 31 May 2016 at City Hall, where he also outlined the achievements made in the past five years and the plans for the City moving forward. Job creation and youth empowerment were top of the agenda as was eradicating spatial segregated planning. The packed auditorium, filled with Council members as well as the public, welcomed the speech which was adopted by Council. Nxumalo said when the current administration took office in May 2011, the budget was R31.7 billion. Today it has grown to R41.6 billion. He said the capital budget has grown from R5.3 billion to R6.7 billion. Coupled with this achievement, the City was sitting at over R6 billion in terms of cash-on-hand. ?The City has worked hard to protect the public purse and is moving with speed to render services in a fair, equitable, efficient and economic manner. Notwithstanding the economic challenges facing South Africa as a whole, eThekwini Municipality?s finances are in a healthy state given its impressive debt collection rate.? Nxumalo said to date, eThekwini Municipality has created the highest number of work opportunities, around 134 883, which is higher than any other City in South Africa. Honing in on opportunities for the youth, Nxumalo said in line with Council?s Mayor James Nxumalo and Deputy Mayor Nomvuzo Shabalala raising their hands to vote for the adoption of the City?s R41.6 billion budget for the 2016/17 financial year. The budget aims to bridge the gap between the rich and poor. Picture: THEMBA KHUMALO commitment to address the plight of young people, over R100 million has been set aside for various youth programmes. ?We are also finalising detailed plans and new funding to support small, micro and medium enterprises targeting youth, women, military veterans and other interest groups.? He said their commitment to youth development is further emphasised with the establishment of the Youth Office which facilitates all youth programmes in the City. ? We will facilitate the training of 10 000 youth as artisans over the next three years. This programme will cost R741 million,? Nxumalo said. He said the Mayoral Student Financial Relief Fund which offers bursaries to pupils from disadvantaged backgrounds was launched in 2015. He also outlined various job creations and skills development initiatives undertaken by the Municipality to support government? calls to address unemployment. Nxumalo said high on the City?s agenda is the promotion of mixed-use development, racial and spatial integration through the Built Environment Performance Plan and Spatial Development Framework. charmel.payet@durban.gov.za

Durban ready to host the 21st International AIDS conference

METRO REPORTER ABOUT 20 000 delegates from around the world are expected in Durban from 16-22 July 2016 for the 21st International AIDS 2016 conference which will take place at the Inkosi Albert Luthuli International Convection Centre (ICC). Mayor James Nxumalo said Durban is proud to host the Conference for the second time. The landmark 13th AIDS conference held in Durban for the first time in 2000 served as a catalyst for historic change and launched a global movement to bring lifesaving HIV treatment to South Africa and other developing countries. The conference is an opportunity to take stock of the progress the world is making in improving access to prevention, treatment and eliminating the stigma associated with HIV and AIDS. Nxumalo said he was confident that Durban will once again deliver a coordinated and world class event. He also believed that the resolutions that will come out of the conference will shape the future on the

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global HIV agenda. Nxumalo said the conference will also provide an opportunity for the country to profile progress that has been achieved since the 13th International AIDS conference. Some of the milestones achieved by South Africa in the fight against HIV/AIDS since 2000 are as follows: ? South Africa has the largest antiretroviral treatment programme in the world, with 3.4 million people on treatment. ? HIV incidents among youth aged 15 ? 24 years, has declined steadily from 2.8 percent in 2002 ? 2005 to 2.3 percent in 2005 ? 2008 to 1.5 percent in 2008 ? 2012. ? The HIV Counselling and Testing campaign has resulted in over 20.2 million tests being conducted between April 2010 and June 2012, and a further eight million tests by the end of March 2013. ? The Prevention of Motherto-Child Transmission decreased from 8.5 percent in 2008 to below 2.4 percent in 2015.

CITY TO ROLL-OUT FREE WiFi

METRO REPORTER ETHEKWINI Municipality will soon be rolling out free WiFi in different public access hot spots, targeting rural areas, townships and areas near universities. This was announced by Mayor James Nxumalo on 31 May, when he delivered the City?s R41.6 billion budget for the 2016/17 financial year. The project will be rolled out in different phases, beginning with the pilot phase. This phase includes the laying of fibre optic cable. About R30 million has been set aside for the project in the next financial year. The

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data limit will begin at 250 megabytes a day per device, in the pilot phase. Nxumalo said the City has rolled out over 1500 kilometres of fibre optic cables. ?This has enabled the City to connect all public facilities and to provide free WiFi in all municipal libraries. Before the end of June we expect to launch free Wifi in major townships, rural areas and areas around universities or where there is a high concentration of students,? he said. Nxumalo said the City plans to set up 750 WiFi access points within the next three years.

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