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World to focus on AIDS

METRO REPORTER IT?S ALL systems go for the 21st International AIDS Conference to be held in Durban, under the theme ?Access Equity Rights-Now?, from 18-22 July. This is the assurance given by Minister in the Presidency Jeff Radebe during the Inter-Ministerial Committee media briefing held in the host City of eThekwini on 13 June. Radebe made the announcement after the committee conducted an inspection of the Inkosi Albert Luthuli International Convection Centre and surrounding facilities to assess Durban?s state of readiness. The committee, which comprises of 16 Ministers, KwaZulu-Natal Premier and eThekwini Mayor was established by President Jacob Zuma to ensure that the event is a success. With just a few weeks left until Durban hosts the conference, the committee was appraised on infrastructure, security, health and other related plans for the event. ?We are satisfied that KwaZulu-Natal Health MEC Dr Sibongiseni Dhlomo, KwaZulu-Natal Premier Willies Mchunu, Minister in the Presidency for Planning, Monitoring and Evaluation, Jeff Radebe, South African co-chair for the International AIDS conference Dr Olive Shisana and eThekwini Mayor James Nxumalo. Picture: SUPPLIED indeed South Africa is ready to welcome the world and to host a successful AIDS 2016 conference where history will be made in advancing the global fight against HIV, AIDS and TB,? said Radebe. Radebe said the conference presents South Africa with an opportunity to showcase its achievements, share its challenges and be exposed to global developments that can help the country prevent new infections, step up treatment and end discrimination and stigma. ?South Africa has the world?s biggest HIV and AIDS treatment programme, which started in earnest with the launch of the world?s biggest testing campaign, popularly known as HIV Counselling and Testing (HCT) campaign in 2010,? said Radebe. South Africa has the largest antiretroviral programme in the world, with 3.4 million people on treatment. The conference will bring together 20 000 delegates, including journalists from 180 countries. The conference will also feature a Global Village, which is a diverse, dynamic and vibrant communitydriven space where people from all over the world will come together to share and learn more about HIV/AIDS. EThekwini Mayor James Nxumalo called on residents to open their hearts and homes as the City prepares to welcome delegates, adding that he would like to see the delegates return to visit the country after the conference.

Job opportunity for youth living with disabilities

PRINCESS NKABANE TWO hundred unemployed eThekwini youth living with disabilities can be part of EThekwini Municipal Academy when the City rolls out two learnership programmes. The learnerships are for Contact Centre Operation NQF Level 4 as well as the Business Administration NQF Level 4 skills programme which will run simultaneously. The learnerships will run for a 12 month period and selected candidates will receive a stipend of R1650.00 per month for the duration of the programme. These programmes are in line with Council?s commitment to the Employment Equity Plan 2014/ 2018, to integrate people with disabilities in the workplace. The City encourages those who have a Grade 12 qualification with Mathematics Literacy, a good command of the English language and no criminal record, to apply. All applicants must be living with a disability, must not be older than 34 years of age, not have benefited from


a similar programme in the past and reside within the eThekwini Municipal Area. Successful candidates will undergo a written test, which includes a numeracy and literacy assessment, a medical assessment as well as security clearance. The City will only contact shortlisted applicants to notify them of their recruitment assessments dates. Applications closed on 24 June and no late applications will be considered.

New public transport By-law on the cards

CHARMEL PAYET THE new Public Transport By-law, which aims to regularise public transport in the City, was approved by the Executive Committee on, 20 June 2016 for final publication in Ezasegagasini Metro and the Provincial Gazette. Once adopted by Council, the By-law will come into effect six months from the date of publication in the Provincial Gazette. The six month implementation period allows the Municipality to train officials on the By-law who are mandated to enforce it. The objective of the By-law is to regulate the operation of mini-bus taxis, buses and metered taxis in eThekwini. This includes preventing public transport vehicles stopping outside of a demarcated area. The City has held workshops with affected parties as part of our educational drive to inform them about the By-law. Also, no unroadworthy vehicles may be parked in a public transport facility. Repairs may not be undertaken at these facilities either, while the washing of vehicles is only allowed in demarcated areas

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at public transport facilities. The By-law has made provisions for metered taxis which includes the requirements to operate. The behaviour of drivers, conductors and passengers is also covered by the Bylaw. This includes prohibiting the use of force, intimidation, threat or other means to prevent a person from using a public transport vehicle of their choice. There are strict penalties in place for those found in contravention of the By-law.

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