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April - 28 April 2016 Your FREE Newspaper


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City to host AIDS conference

ROMITA HANUMAN THE streets of Durban were transformed into a carnival of colour on Friday 8 April 2016, when a parade to mark 100 days to the 21st International AIDS Conference swept through the City. The five-day conference will be held at the Inkosi Albert Luthuli International Convention Centre from 18 to 22 July 2016. Waving flags and chanting messages of support to those affected and infected with the virus, government leaders, civic organisations, AIDS activists, academics and community members, joined hands during the parade from King Dinuzulu Park to Gugu Dlamini Park. Durban will host about 20 000 local and international delegates at the conference to be held under the theme: ?Access Equity Rights Now!? where academics, scientists, policy makers, government leaders and community stakeholders will deliberate on ways to curb the prevalence of HIV. Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa, who is also the Chairperson of the South African National AIDS Council SAID South Africa has a great story to tell. ?Today we offer anti-retroviral treatment to over 3 million people who are living with AIDS and we are pleased that mother to child transmission of the disease has been drastically reduce. We want to have a world where HIV is part of our history,? he said in prerecorded message screened at Gugu Dlamini Park. AIDS 2016 is a conference of hope, said KZN Premier Senzo Mchunu. ?We are hoping for increased awareness, the mobilisation of people and we hope to erase HIV by 2030.? EThekwini Municipality Mayor and Chairperson of the EThekwini Aids Council, James Nxumalo, said HIV and AIDS is the biggest threat to humanity. ?We are humbled that an important subject such as this will be deliberated on our shores once more at both a scientific and social level.? The 13th International AIDS Conference was held in Durban in 2000. This was the first time the conference was held on African soil. Professor Olive Shisana, Local Co-Chair of the AIDS 2016 Conference said: ?The conference is a powerful platform to find solutions to overcome this scourge.? Messages of support were provided by MEC for Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs, Nomusa Dube- Ncube, MEC for Health Sibongiseni Dhlomo and Patrick Mdletshe from the KZN Aids Council. Quilts made by those infected and affected with HIV, were on display and will form part of the South African journey of storytelling at the conference.

Voter Registration Drive A Success

President Jacob Zuma has announced that the Local Government Elections are to be held on 3 August 2016. From 4 to 7 April 2016, the eThekwini Municipality leadership, led by Mayor James Nxumalo embarked on a voter registration drive calling on residents to exercise their Constitutional Right and register to vote so that they are able to vote during the upcoming elections. For more on the event see Page 6 Picture: THEMBA KHUMALO

Steps to stabilise bus operations yields positive results

CHARMEL PAYET THE Municipal bus service, run by private operator Tansnat, is stable following interventions that were agreed upon by both the City and the operator. Steps that were undertaken in January included establishing an intervention team to oversee the finances of the bus service as well as co-manage Tansnat?s new ring-fenced bank account. The agreement signed between the two parties in January was to ensure there would be no further disruptions to the bus service. The agreement was made an Order of Court which saw the court application the City had initiated to liquidate Tansnat being adjourned pending a determination of whom between the City and Tansnat is indebted to the other, and by how much. The agreement further provides for the appointment of a reputable law firm to adjudicate the issue of monetary claims that the City and Tansnat have registered against each other. An independent mediator will soon be appointed to determine once and for all, how much each party owes to the other and how these debts are to be settled. The interventions implemented followed a number of disruptions to the bus service following diesel shortages and the late payment of staff salaries. Progress made on stabilising the bus service was presented by City Manager Sibusiso Sithole at the Full Council meeting on 31 March 2016. He presented a progress report on the matter which stated that the Executive Committee in January approved financial management support to Tansnat in order to prevent a total collapse of the bus service which would have had dire consequences for the City. A number of commuters rely on the bus service every month, which carries over two million passengers. Sithole said the intervention team to oversee the financial management of Tansnat is now in place, led by KPMG with effect from 4 February 2016. ?The opening of the new ring-fenced bank account was finalised on 22 February 2016, ? he said.



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