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October - 27 October 2016 Your FREE Newspaper www.durban.gov.za

BUILDING SUSTAINABLE COMMUNITIES

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DALTON TAXI RANK ISSUES ADDRESSED

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Prioritising your safety

CHARMEL PAYET A NEW Metro Police Unit, created to diffuse protests and deal with high-level law enforcement operations in the City has been established, with an impressive response time of six minutes. Mayor Zandile Gumede said the recently established Multi Operational Response Team Unit has had numerous successes to-date including ending large protests in under 45 minutes while also contributing to preventing land invasions and possible invasions to other major Municipal installations and projects. The Unit was established in the run up to the local government elections as a precautionary measure to quell any potential protests and has now become a permanent structure. Acting Senior Superintendent Sbonelo Mchunu who heads up of the Multi Operational Response Team, said the team has allowed the Metro Police to cut the response time down drastically. ?The response time has been heavily improved as we have a dedicated team ready to go at a moment?s notice. Even in cases where two protests flare up simultaneously in different areas the Unit is able to attend to both.? He said the Multi-Disciplinary Response Team consists of the various heads of department and is chaired by the City Manager. Mchunu is the operational manager of the Multi Operational Response Team which is overseen by Metro Police Deputy Head for Operations Steve Middleton. The Unit consists of various teams including public order policing whose members work four shifts to ensure they are operational 24-hours a day. There is also the rapid response team, crime prevention, and planning and communications teams. There are 114 members in the Unit including commanders and supervisors. Mchunu said existing members of the police force were absorbed into the Unit. He said the Unit assisted with daily operations of the Metro Police when there were no protests. charmel.payet@durban.gov.za

Rhythm Of The City

Mayor Zandile Gumede performed on stage with up and coming artists during the Rhythm of the City ?lunch hour? concert which is held outside the Durban City Hall, Church Walk entrance. The concerts, which offer youth a free platform to showcase their talent, started on 30 September and are held every second Friday from 13h00 to 14h00. The concerts are recorded and featured on SABC 3?s Expresso Morning Show. Picture: SIMISO NTULI

City wins top awards for job creation projects

JESSIE SINGH AND PRINCESS NKABANE IT WAS triple celebration for eThekwini Municipality at the KZN Expanded Public Works Programme (EPWP) Kamoso Awards, with the City scooping three awards for ?Best infrastructure,? ?Best Maintenance? and ?Best Volunteer? programmes. City departments that were winners on, 5 October were the Water and Sanitation Unit for its ablution blocks maintenance, Durban Solid Waste for its waste management programme and Safer Cities for their volunteer crime intervention. The event was held at Umhlanga three Cities Conference Centre. During the key-note address, MEC for human Settlements and Public Works, Ravi Pillay said the objective of the awards which were launched nationally in 2007 is to recognise public bodies for their contribution in creating work opportunities and to acknowledge the outstanding performance in the implementation of the EPWP. ?The EPWP is a well thought out programme of City officials, from left: Dumisani Msomi, Sibusiso Chamane with MEC for Human Settlements and Public Works, Ravi Pillay, Area Based Management Head Linda Mbonambi, Pumla Jingxi and Vusi Mkhize. action in the fight against poverty, inequality and unemployment,? said Pillay. Pillay added that during the launch of the EPWP Phase 3, the KwaZulu-Natal Provincial Government committed to creating 725 340 work opportunities and 282 062 full time equivalents (FTE) by 2019 as a contribution towards the realisation of the national target of six million work opportunities and 2.5 million full time equivalents. ?The Province has created 462 214 work opportunities and 155 893 FTEs. An amount of R 479, 388 million has been spent equating to 65 percent against the total allocation of R 736, 315 million. This is across the 2014/15 to 2016/17 financial years,? Pillay said. Commenting on the City?s EPWP achievements, Area Based Management head, Linda Mbonambi said that the face of the Province has transformed radically in the last 22 years. ?So much so that one can travel from Jozini in the north to Kokstad in the south and be assured of travelling on good roads, ? he said. Meanwhile, the Citycontinues to make great strides in empowering communities and driving the National EPWP through the Vuk?uphile Learnership programme which trains and equips prospective contractors with the required skills. Since the intervention was initiated in 2003, 150 contractor and supervisors have benefitted from the learnership. jessie.singh@durban.gov.za princess.nkabane@durban.gov.za

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