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Rural wards prioritised for development

SILINDILE MALULEKA PUBLIC Service and Administration Minister Faith Muthambi and Mayor Zandile Gumede have vowed to prioritise rural development through fast-tracking service delivery in wards that were officially integrated into eThekwini last year. Minister Muthambi and Mayor Gumede made this commitment during their visit on 12 May where they officially launched the uMnini Thusong Community Service Centre in Ward 98 and held an Imbizo at Madundubala Sports Field in Ward 105. Minister Muthambi led a delegation to the Winkelspruit Licencing and Testing Station and Mfume Clinic to assess the service given to members of the public. Ward 105, which was previously four wards under Vulamehlo Local Municipality, were incorporated into eThekwini after the Demarcations Board announced the amalgamation as part of the boundary changes to reduce KwaZulu-Natal municipalities. During Minister Muthambi?s address at the Imbizo, she told Ward 105 residents that she was aware of their challenges and assured residents that government would address them. ?I will return in August for an outreach programme in this area to give you feedback and progress that has been made to address your challenges,? she said. Minister Muthambi informed residents that Samsung had pledged a R1 million project for Ward 105 which will create 100 employment opportunities for youth. ?This project has the potential of creating 500 more jobs. Our aim is for all the young unemployed people in this Ward to benefit,? she added. Mayor Gumede said the development of Ward 105 was a priority in eThekwini. ?We want the 2017/18 budget to talk to rural development especially in this Ward. EThekwini will work closely with Minister Muthambi and her department to fast-track service delivery and identify key developments in this Ward,? she explained. After the official launch of the uMnini Thusong Community Service Centre, Mayor Gumede :?This facility brings services closer to people and all these government departments are under one roof and easily accessible to residents of this community.? silindile.maluleka@durban.gov.za EThekwini Mayor Zandile Gumede, Public Service and Administration Minister Faith Muthambi and City Manager Sipho Nzuza at the official launch of the uMnini Thusong Community Service Centre. Picture: ZAMANTUNGWA GUMEDE NONDUDUZO NGCONGO and CHARMEL PAYET DURBAN has secured the rights to host the Tourism Indaba for the next five years. President Jacob Zuma made the announcement at the opening of the 2017 Tourism Indaba at Inkosi Albert Luthuli International Convention Centre on 16 May. President Zuma congratulated Durban for the achievement. ?I trust the City will continue utilising this platform in a strategic way to expose more hidden local-owned offerings through this Indaba. It is the largest tourism marketing platform on the African calendar which facilitates the clinching of good business deals.? He said the country needed such events to fast-track tourism goals which include creating 2.2 million jobs by 2026 and positioning the country as one of the world?s top 20 destinations globally. President Zuma also introduced the new national campaign called ?We do tourism? to further develop the sector which has over the years proved to be one of the key contributors to the country?s economy. ?Through this campaign, we want to see increased participation of black owned products coming from townships and rural areas. We have already started with the transformation as we made it possible for 90 black-owned tourism businesses to showcase in the Indaba,? he added. EThekwini Mayor Zandile Gumede was ecstatic about Durban being the home of the Indaba for another five years. ?We are happy to be afforded the opportunity to host the Indaba which attracts key tourism decision makers from around the world,? said Mayor Gumede. She said hosting the Indaba had a positive impact on President Jacob Zuma and eThekwini Mayor Zandile Gumede sharing a light moment during the official opening of the 2017 Tourism Indaba on 16 May. EThekwini will host the premier tourism show for the next five years. The announcement was made by President Zuma. Picture: ZAMANTUNGWA GUMEDE

City to host Tourism Indaba for the next five years

the City as it injects around R200 million into the economy and the platform would be used to market new developments such as the Oceans Umhlanga and Kings Estate, among others. Commenting on the announcement, Chief Executive Officer of the Durban ICC, Lindiwe Rakharebe said: ?We are thrilled, honoured and proud to be the host venue for Indaba for the next five years. Having been home to Africa?s top travel show since 1992, it is wonderful news that we will remain its host for the next five years at least.? nonduduzo.ngcongo@durban.gov.za

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