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October - 2 November 2017 Your FREE Newspaper www.durban.gov.za

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Massive clean-up underway after devastating storm

JESSIE SINGH LEADING by example, eThekwini Mayor Zandile Gumede, members of the Executive Committee and eThekwini councillors rolled up their sleeves and got their hands dirty during a special clean-up operation on 17 October, targeting areas that were worst hit by last week?s storm. Heavy rain and gale force winds experienced on 10 October caused massive destruction to roads, buildings, private properties and infrastructure in the areas south of the City. The estimated cost of the damage amounts to about R300 million. The massive clean-up operation began in the Isiphingo area which was declared a disaster area and included top management, officials and more than 200 volunteers. All Municipal departments including Cleansing and Solid Waste, Roads and Storm Water Management, Water and Electricity Units as well as the Parks, Recreation and Culture Unit were on hand to repair, restore and ensure that areas were cleaned up and communities were assisted. The City fixed road infrastructure, cleared sand build up, unblocked drains, removed fallen trees and went beyond the call of duty by cleaning streams of filth, litter, old tyres and even vehicles that were washed away during the storm. Councillors, officials and volunteers were deployed to communities in uMlazi, Folweni and KwaMakhutha while Mayor Gumede visited the community of Malukazi, bringing hope to the impoverished community by making sure that blankets, mattresses and food parcels were distributed. Deputy Mayor Fawzia Peer also visited Montclair where a building had collapsed. Mayor Gumede said: ?Today is about working together as a community to assist those affected by the storm. Communities Chief volunteer: EThekwini Mayor Zandile Gumede and Councillor Zama Sokhabase (in blue) assisted the Cleansing and Solid Waste staff to clean up the Isiphingo transit camp. The heavy rains left the camp water-logged and saddled with debris. Picture: ZAMANTUNGWA GUMEDE have been devastated and look to us as leaders for assistance. I assure communities that eThekwini Municipality is there to assist where there is major damage. My deepest sympathises goes out to the families who have lost loved ones and the storm victims who have lost everything.? Mayor Gumede also used the opportunity to urge communities not to build structures on flood plains as it depletes the natural vegetation that prevents flooding and to dispose of litter responsibly, to prevent clogging of stormwater drains during heavy rain. She thanked businesses and volunteers from the community for their commitment and generosity. Councillor Peer, who is also the Chairperson of the Security and Emergency Services Committee thanked the good Samaritans who helped with the clean-up and relief efforts. Malukazi resident Zinhle Dube said the storm felt like a curse as it destroyed her home and left her family homeless. ?When the heavy rain came my family left to find shelter elsewhere. When we returned everything was washed away. I am happy to hear Mama Gumede speak about setting up relief tents to assist us with food and clothing,? said a tearful Dube. jessie.singh@durban.gov.za

Mayor Gumede?s service delivery report back

SILINDILE MALULEKA MAYOR Zandile Gumede has committed to continuously strengthen coalitions with stakeholders in her tireless quest to ensure the fast-tracking of service delivery in eThekwini. During her 365 Days Report Back at the Durban?s Olive Convention Centre on 12 October, Mayor Gumede pledged to transform the lives of residents by continuing to attract investors, grow the local economy and create employment through public-private partnerships. She unpacked Council?s achievements during her first year in office, revealing current and future development plans that will benefit eThekwini residents. ?A lot has been achieved in the first 365 days and a lot more will be achieved. We started by getting the basics right and understanding what needed to be done.? The Report Back was attended by the City?s Executive Committee members, councillors, stakeholders from the private sector, business people and traditional and religious leaders. Improving service delivery is among Mayor Gumede?s top priorities as she focuses on empowering women, people with disabilities, youth, military veterans, and rural and township communities. ?The focus areas remain critical in our quest of radical economic transformation, in order to deal with challenges such as unemployment, inequality and poverty. These are the main challenges we identified in our National Development Plan and they form part of our Integrated Development Plan.? During Mayor Gumede?s tenure in office, the City has been honoured with numerous accolades which include the Premier?s Service Excellence Awards 2017, Govern Mbeki Awards 2017 and the Worldwide Quality of Living Index Survey where Durban was ranked the top South African City with the highest quality of life in the international Mercer?s 19th Quality of Living survey for a third consecutive year. She said the 2017/18 increased budget of R45 billion will make provision for service delivery and infrastructure development. EThekwini Mayor Zandile Gumede in a jovial mood with award-winning Acapella group Ithimba Le Afrika after she delivered her 365 Days Report Back at the Olive Convention Centre on 12 October. Picture: ZAMANTUNGWA GUMEDE

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