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

HOUSING CON ARTISTS ARRESTED

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INNER CITY RENEWAL PLAN

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City to fast-track service delivery in new wards

SILINDILE MALULEKA A HIGH-powered City delegation has committed to accelerate service delivery and ensure an improved quality of life for residents in the four wards that have been incorporated with eThekwini Municipality which were previously under Vulamehlo Local Municipality. EThekwini Mayor Zandile Gumede accompanied by Chairperson of the Human Settlements and Infrastructure Committee Chairperson Councillor Mondli Mthembu, Acting City Manager Dumisile Nene, Deputy City Manager for Governance and International Relations Cluster Sipho Cele, Councillors and senior Municipal officials, held a public engagement meeting in Ward 105 at Odidini Hall on 8 March. Residents of the four rural wards, which were officially integrated into eThekwini last year, came out in their numbers to listen to Councillor Gumede?s robust service delivery plans for the community. The wards were previously under Vulamehlo Local Municipality. EThekwini Mayor Zandile Gumede and Acting City Manager Dumisile Nene flanked by the community of Ward 105 during the public engagement on the 2015/16 Annual Report at the newly incorporated Wards previously under Vulamehlo Local Municipality. Picture: ZAMANTUNGWA GUMEDE The Demarcations Board announced the amalgamation of Embo, Mfume, Fakazi and Mdumezulu in eThekwini as part of the boundary changes to reduce KwaZulu- Natal municipalities from 61 to 54. The new areas made up Ward 105 and contributed to the expansion of wards in eThekwini from 103 to 110. Councillor Gumede pledged to develop the rural wards so that residents receive the same quality of services rendered in other parts of eThekwini. ?As we look forward to the 2017/18 financial year, we will prioritise Ward 105. In doing so, we want to build a partnership with this community so that they will help us identify areas that urgently need development. As we work on the budget for the new financial year, we need your input,? she said. Among challenges facing the Ward, residents highlighted unemployment, lack of infrastructure including tarred roads, bridges and resources including libraries as well as basic services such as water, electricity and sanitation facilities. Responding to the challenges, Councillor Gumede said employment will be created through the Expanded Public Works Programme and other development projects in the Ward. Councillor Gumede also encouraged small business owners and co-operatives to register on the Municipal Supply Chain database to render their services to the Municipality. With regards to building a library in the area, Councillor Gumede promised to incorporate it in the budget. silindile.maluleka@durban.gov.za

Police applauded for swift action after murders

SILINDILE MALULEKA PROVINCIAL and City leadership has applauded police for their swift action which led to the arrest of a suspect alleged to be linked to the brutal family massacre in uMlazi, south of Durban on 25 February. KwaZulu-Natal Social Development MEC Weziwe Thusi and eThekwini Mayor Zandile Gumede led a high-powered delegation to uMlazi G-section to convey their condolences to the Mzila family whose four members were killed and one other member raped. Accompanied by Councillors, government officials and stakeholders, MEC Thusi and Councillor Gumede also gave the griefstricken family groceries. Since the incident, there has been a high police visibility in the area to ensure the safety of the survivors of the tragic ordeal. MEC Thusi applauded police for working around the clock to ensure that the suspect faces the wrath of the law. ?On behalf of the government of KwaZulu- Natal, I wish to thank our men and women in blue for ensuring that arrests are made and for ensuring the safety and protection of the affected family. After the incident, social workers were deployed to help the surviving family members get through this traumatic ordeal,? she said. Councillor Gumede condemned residents for taking the law into their own hands. ?We plead with residents to work with the police to eradicate criminal activities in our communities and let the police bring criminals to book,? she said. Councillor Gumede also thanked stakeholders who have made generous donations to the affected family. It is alleged that the two suspects shot and injured about eight patrons during a robbery at a nearby tavern before making their way to the Mzila home where they shot and killed a mother and her three children. According to police reports, residents of the area searched for the suspect and burnt three informal dwellings at a nearby informal settlement. One suspect was later arrested, while the second suspect died at the scene. silindile.maluleka@durban.gov.za

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