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City Council to be elected

GUGU SISILANA ETHEKWINI Municipality has announced that its all-important inaugural Council sitting for the 2016-2021 term of office will be held on 24 August at the Durban City Hall. The sitting comes after the fifth local government elections which were held on 3 August across the country. Municipal elections are held every five years to elect councillors who will be responsible for governing a municipality for the next five years. Most municipal councils are managed by an Executive Committee, Elected Executive Mayor and a Municipal Manager. Provincial Electoral Officer Mawethu Mosery said according to the Local Government Municipal Structures Act municipalities have 14 days from the date the election results are gazetted to hold the first Council sitting and elect members to serve in the Council Executive Committee. ?Election results were gazetted on 10 August therefore, the 14 days countdown starts from 11 August,? said Mosery. The inauguration ceremony will begin with a colourful parade from City Hall starting at 09h00. City Manager, Sibusiso Sithole will be the presiding officer during the inauguration ceremony. Part of the agenda for the The inaugural Council sitting for the 2016-2021 term of office will be held on 24 August at the Durban City Hall where 220 councillors will be sworn in. Council Speaker, Mayor, Deputy Mayor and Chief Whip will also be elected on the day. first Council sitting will be the swearing in of all 220 councillors, the election of the Speaker of Council, Mayor, Deputy Mayor and Chief Whip of Council. Members that will serve in the Executive Committee, approval of members of various committees and elected chairpersons of Council committees will also be announced on the day of the inauguration. ?I wish to assure all eThekwini residents and businesses that the City continues to function and services delivery programmes are continuing,? said Sithole. At the Council meeting, the Speaker will be elected after which the Speaker will then take over proceedings and facilitate the election of the Mayor. ?We are convinced that all our combined efforts will ensure that the fifth democratic local government begin with its work of serving communities and delivering services?, said Minister of Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs Des van Rooyen in a statement.

Comforting Visit

EThekwini Mayor-elect Zandile Gumede visited the Kunene family from Umlazi that was left devastated after losing three family members in a car accident near Mthunzini on 13 August. The family was driving back to Durban from a Church Conference in Nongoma when their car collided with another vehicle. Gumede visited the family to offer sympathy and to establish how the family can be assisted to bury their loved ones. Picture: SIMPHIWE DLAMINI

City promotes economic empowerment of women

NONDUDUZO NGCONGO To drive innovation and growth among womenowned businesses, eThekwini Municipality will provide a threemonth information and communications technology training for 120 women. This programme will offer computer skills lessons and the neccessary support to help women build sustainable businesses. The City firmly believes that women empowerment and gender equality are key to the acceleration of eThekwini?s sustainable development. Nonku Mthembu from the Business Support, Tourism and Markets Unit said the Municipality has a series of socio-economic empowerment programmes planned that will effectively benefit and empower women. The programme?s core mandate is to come up with tangible techniques on how to speed up women economic empowerment in the City and Province. Mthembu said the programmes will drive skills development by providing various business trainings courses for women. Furthermore, Mthembu said the City, working with strategic corporate partners will launch a Women in Business mentorship programme this month, targeting 15 women who will be mentored by top business experts on how to run successful businesses. The Municipality has budgeted over R1 million in the 2016/17 financial year towards programmes aimed at advancing women empowerment. On 27 August, the City will host a Business Networking Session where women will be encouraged to step out of their comfort zone and share opportunities to uplift each other. To celebrate incredible women who are making a real difference to the lives of others in their communities, the City, in partnership with Ithala will host Imbokodo Iyazenzela Women In Business Awards at Watefront Hotel on 27 August. On 31 August the City will host the Women Empowerment Market Access and Supplier Development Engagement. For more information contact 031 311 4500 or email nonhlanhla.


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