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- 29 September 2016 Your FREE Newspaper


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Public funds in good hands

GUGU SISILANA IN a bid to ensure the effective use of public funds and enhance accountability, eThekwini Municipality?s full Council sitting on 13 September, approved the merger of the Finance and Procurement Committee with the Executive Committee (Exco). The move, despite fierce objection from some members of opposition parties, will in fact strengthen Mayor Zandile Gumede?s political oversight and guidance over the fiscal as well as financial affairs of the Municipality. ?As Mayor of eThekwini, I am charged with the responsibility of monitoring and, to the extent provided by the Municipal Finance Management Act, overseeing the exercise of responsibilities assigned to the accounting officer and chief financial officer. These will be my tasks on a daily basis,? she said. The Municipal Finance Management Act further states that Gumede must take all reasonable steps to ensure that the Municipality performs its constitutional and statutory functions within the limits of the Municipality?s approved budget. Gumede?s role also includes providing political guidance over the budget process and priorities that must guide the preparation of a budget. Gumede also chairs the Executive Committee where all reports pertaining to service delivery and the prudent use of public funds are presented before being tabled for adoption before full Council. Clarifying the reason behind merging the Finance and Procurement Committee with the Executive Committee, Gumede stressed that the powers and functions assigned to the Mayor must

Ithimba Le Afrika Off To White House

be exercised by the Mayor in consultation with the Executive Committee. ?I cannot delegate the powers I have been given by the people of eThekwini to anyone else. I will be driving the process very closely to make sure that I deliver on the promises I made to the people of eThekwini,? said Gumede. Gumede added that ratepayers should not be misled into believing that the Finance and Procurement Committee merging with Exco will perpetuate corruption when it will in fact ensure the prudent use of Council funds. Gumede, who came prepared to clarify any issues where Council members needed clarity, explained in detail what her role entails. This was a great boost for Council since it indicates that the Mayor has a firm and unwavering commitment to service delivery and clean governance. Deputy Mayor Fawzia Peer, who previously chaired the Finance and Procurement Committee, echoed Gumede?s sentiments adding that all committee reports were referred to Exco. Local talented gospel and traditional music group, Ithimba Le Afrika which is off to perform at the White House in America were given a hero?s send-off by eThekwini Municipality Mayor Cllr Zandile Gumede. As part of its commitment towards youth empowerment, the City sponsored the Umlazi group?s tour. Picture: LWAZI MZOBE ?The merger of the two committees will enhance accountability and transparency. The Executive Committee will be central is ensuring that the City once again achieves a clean audit. This will be a good platform to deliberate on all budget issues and supply chain management reports,? added Peer.

Mayor Zandile Gumede to drive HIV/AIDS programmes

GUGU SISILANA AS the newly elected chairperson of the City?s AIDS Committee, Mayor Zandile Gumede has vowed to drive strategic interventions that seek to find innovative solutions to ensure that we achieve an AIDS-free generation in our lifetime. Gumede said high on the committee?s plan of action includes getting a firm understanding of the social and economic drivers of this epidemic which will guide the implementation of robust programmes to address these. On 13 September, the eThekwini Municipal Council established the AIDS Committee which will facilitate and co-ordinate all activities aimed at prevention, treatment, care and support of people infected and affected by HIV/AIDS within eThekwini. Deputy Mayor Fawzia Peer was elected at the Deputy Chairperson of the Committee. In July, the City for the second time hosted the 21st International AIDS conference, a global gathering, bringing together health professionals, scientists, activists, policy makers and people living with HIV. Gumede said it is crucial for eThekwini to create a platform to deliberate on HIV/AIDS issues at a local level. ?We are committed to working with communities and other spheres of government to build quality health systems and provide accessible services and support to those infected and affected by the HIV/ AIDS epidemic,? said Gumede. During the 21st International AIDS conference Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa said of the 17 million people currently on treatment worldwide, nearly 10.3 million are in the eastern and southern Africa region. ?Despite these successes, we cannot rest on our laurels because the fight against HIV, AIDS and Tuberculosis is not over,? added Gumede.


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