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September - 5 October 2017 Your FREE Newspaper www.durban.gov.za

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Satellite police station to improve safety at Glebelands

THEMBA KHUMALO A SATELLITE police station that will strictly investigate criminal cases emanating from Glebelands Community Residential Unit (CRU) will be opened soon. This was announced by Police Minister Fikile Mbalula, who visited the uMlazi CRU on 15 September, accompanied by eThekwini Mayor Zandile Gumede, and her Deputy, Councillor Fawzia Peer. ?I have instructed police to immediately deploy a fully equipped satellite police station to serve our people at this CRU,? he said. Minister Mbalula, who was also accompanied by the top brass of the South African Police Service conducted a walkabout in the area, inspecting security measures that have been implemented. He also spoke to residents. Minister Mbalula assured Glebelands residents that the police were doing everything possible to fight the scourge of crime in the area. ?I will be discussing the possibility of instituting cash rewards for all those who give police valuable information about criminals Deputy Mayor Fawzia Peer, Police Minister Fikile Mbalula and Mayor Zandile Gumede interacting with residents of Glebelands Community Residential Unit. Picture: PUMLA KHWELA and guns in the CRU. The Moerane Commission of Inquiry into political killings in KwaZulu-Natal heard how the Glebelands CRU has become a reservoir for assassinations,? he said. He said those who came forward with useful information about criminals would be protected. ?We have optimised our witness protection programme and I encourage people who have valuable information not to be fearful. Police, under my supervision will place people into the witness protection programme if they feel they are in danger.? Minister Mbalula said because of its dilapidated state, CRUs are a nest for criminality. ?They (CRUs) need to be broken down. That is why we have the Mayor with us today. We need to create new family units so that we know who stays here. If we don?t know who stays here, this place will continue to be a nest for izinkabi (hit men) and criminality.? Mayor Gumede thanked Minister Mbalula for visiting Glebelands, saying this was a positive sign in the City?s continuous fight against crime. ?The Minister is here to ensure that his members are working around the clock to provide safe and habitable places for people of Glebelands.? Responding to the state of the CRUs, Mayor Gumede said a service provider had already been appointed. ?This service provider will be dealing with issues of maintenance at the CRUs. We will also be looking at those buildings that need to be demolished.? She said the appointment of the service provider was going to create job opportunities for the people of Glebelands. ?The service provider has been mandated to ensure that the people of Glebelands benefit from this project.? themba.khumalo@durban.gov.za

Mayor outlines plans to rejuvenate the inner City

NONDUDUZO NGCONGO ETHEKWINI Municipality?s robust radical Durban Central Business District (CBD) clean-up and safety programme, which was launched on 15 September, has highlighted strategic interventions the Municipality has in place to rejuvenate the inner City. The plans will not only restore the CBD back to its former glory, but it will ensure that the Municipality attracts investors and creates more employment. The programme was presented by eThekwini Mayor Zandile Gumede during the official launch at Inkosi Albert Luthuli International Convention Centre. The main objective of the programme is to address cleanliness and safety related issues, which includes crime and grime, illegal trading and bad buildings. Mayor Gumede applauded City officials for the work undertaken during the first phase of the programme which ensured cleanliness, compliance to Municipal by-laws and safety. ?To sustain the great strides achieved, the Supply Chain Management process is underway to appoint a dedicated team to take full responsibility of the CBD urban management,? she said. Mayor Gumede outlined key elements of the programme which are; safety and security, saying an outcome-based visible security team is to carry out key protection mandates with clear indicators for each precinct. The second element is to promote informal trading by streamlining trading areas, providing associated facilities and having a progression plan for street traders as they are critical contributors to the local Gross Domestic Product. The third element of the programme is ensuring a revived waste management plan, which will talk to business needs as well as residents. The City will also continue to implement its by-law enforcement strategy. Newly appointed Durban Chamber of Commerce and Industry President Musa Makhunga pledged his commitment to support the City?s programme, saying he will utilise all the chamber?s business structures to drive this mandate. ?It is practical and possible as I have seen it succeeding in other cities,? said Makhunga. nonduduzo.ngcongo@durban.gov.za

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