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March - 31 March 2016 Your FREE Newspaper www.durban.gov.za

INFORMAL TRADING A BOON FOR CITY

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CRICKET SOARS AT GRASS ROOT LEVEL

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Call for non-racialism

CHARMEL PAYET and SOHANA SINGH MOSES Mabhida Stadium is a sports venue that has hosted many football spectacles, including the World Cup in 2010, but hosting the national Human Rights Day celebration has a particular significance for this venue named after a struggle stalwart. This year?s celebrations on Monday 21 March, aim to promote acceptance among the country?s diverse population and to encourage citizens to take a stand against all forms of racism. The keynote address will be delivered by President Jacob Zuma. The theme of the celebration is ?South Africa United Against Racism?. The President is expected to zone in on the issues of anti-racialism, inequality, non-sexism, diversity, nation building, social cohesion and Ubuntu. EThekwini Mayor James Nxumalo has called on the people of eThekwini to be part of this event to show their support and collectively reject all forms of racism. The country was shaken in January when racism reared its ugly head on social media, causing untold pain and anger. President Jacob Zuma, Premier Senzo Mchunu and eThekwini Mayor James Nxumalo in a file of the opening of Bridge City. The three leaders will be part of the Human Rights Day at Moses Mabhida Stadium on Monday. Picture: GUGU MQADI During the State of the Nation Address last month, President Zuma called on all South Africans to use Human Rights Day to lay the foundation for a long-term programme of building a non-racial society. Free transport will be available to transport members of the public to the Human Rights Day event. Over 175 buses will be available across the Municipality in the various wards. This will be funded by National Government. Passenger Rail Agency of South Africa is also offering free return trips for commuters who attended the celebration. They must utilise the train station near the stadium to qualify for this benefit. Residents can contact their ward councillors for more details regarding transport. EThekwini Municipality is proud to be partnering with national and provincial governments to host this event. The City?s contribution to the celebration will be providing the use of the Stadium. Further support will be given including traffic police, general policing, disaster management and water tankers for the public at no further additional cost to the City. Human Rights Day is a national day that is commemorated annually on the 21 of March to remind South Africans of the sacrifices made in the struggle for the attainment of democracy in the country. It also allows citizens to reflect on the progress made in the promotion and protection of human rights. Mayor Nxumalo said the Municipality has, over the years, ensured that residents? rights are upheld through expediting service delivery. ?The Constitution proclaims that South Africa belongs to all who live in it. It is in this context that eThekwini Municipality is working hard to accelerate service delivery, promote inclusion and a non-racial society,? said Nxumalo. The programme starts at 9am. charmel.payet@durban.gov.za sohana.singh@durban.gov.za

Protests costing Municipality

THEMBA KHUMALO ETHEKWINI Mayor James Nxumalo has condemned the violent protests that have resulted in the destruction of property and infrastructure in various parts of the Municipality. This week law enforcement agencies battled protesters in Folweni, south of the City, an area where a local councillors office was burnt down recently. Last week there were similar incidents reported in Umlazi and other parts of eThekwini. The Mayor said the protests were costing the Municipality millions of rands. He said even though cost estimates on infrastructure that has been damaged had not been tallied, there is no doubt that the damage runs millions of rands. ?We are talking of public property, roads, council vehicles, and Municipal buildings. This includes the destruction of a community hall and councillor?s offices in Cato Crest late last year.?. ?When exercising the right to protest, we must not infringe on other people?s rights. The Mayor has issued a stern warning to those who ?hijack peaceful protests for wrong reasons and destroy public facilities?. ?Law agencies must act against those who put people?s lives in danger. ?What is happening is setting us back, we now have to fix the damage caused as a result of destruction of property, we use money that could have been used to further accelerate service delivery.? Nxumalo said people must use correct channels to voice their concerns. themba.khumalo@durban.gov.za

City intensifies action against land invasions

CHARMEL PAYET ETHEKWINI Municipality has adopted a zero-tolerance approach to land invasions and committed to putting an end to this practice. To counter the increased number of land invasions occurring throughout the City, the Executive Committee has given City Manager Sibusiso Sithole the mandate to effectively deal with the scourge. This includes the authority to investigate and engage private security on an emergency basis to compliment the Land Invasion Unit. A report was tabled before the Executive Committee this week requesting that Sithole be mandated with this authority. Sithole would also ensure that there are trucks to collect and dispose of the material used to build informal structures. He will be required to report back to the Executive Committee on the financial implications of these interventions. According to the report, the head of the City?s Legal Unit would also be mandated to take legal steps to prevent any further land invasion. Land invasions have recently been prevented in Umlazi, Cato Crest and other parts of the City. The Land Invasion Unit works together with the Metro Police and South African Police Service. These interventions were necessary as the noted trend with land invasions is that they often take place over weekends and after hours requiring staff to work overtime. Another challenge faced by the Unit is the lack of trucks to assist in disposing of the materials used to build. Eradicating informal settlements requires a joint effort from all stakeholders. Members of the public are urged to contact eThekwini Municipality?s Security Management Unit on 031 311 4699, 031 311 4701 and 031 311 4702 to report land invasion. charmel.payet@durban.gov.za

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