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- 8 December 2016 Your FREE Newspaper www.durban.gov.za

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Building a healthy City

METRO REPORTER THE future of eThekwini and the realisation of its vision to be Africa?s most caring and liveable city by 2030 hinges on building a holistically and sustainably healthy City, says eThekwini Mayor Zandile Gumede. Councillor Gumede joined more than 100 mayors from around the world on 21 November in Shanghai, China at the presentation of the Mayors? Consensus on Healthy Cities. This was one of the outcomes of the 9th Global Conference on Health Promotion organised by the World Health Organisation in Shanghai, China from 21 to 24 November. Councillor Gumede was part of a delegation led by the KwaZulu-Natal Premier Willies Mchunu and included KwaZulu-Natal Health MEC Dr Sibongiseni Dhlomo. ?Our cities are grappling with development challenges such as rapid urbanisation, unemployment, poverty and inequality. These demands require a strategic response that will bring about lasting solutions,? said Gumede. She said these development challenges were more evident at local government EThekwini Mayor Zandile Gumede joined mayors of the world in celebrating the Mayors? Health Cities? Consensus 2016 which was a major highlight at the 9th Global Conference on Health Promotion taking place in Shanghai, China from 21 to 24 November. Mayors from different cities have committed themselves to driving a healthy city initiative which ensures a holistic healthy living environment in line with the sustainable development goals. Picture: SUPPLIED level and as a result robust initiatives to build cohesive, safe, resilient, sustainable and healthy cities were needed. ?Cities belong to residents and our task is to provide a conducive environment for people to live healthy, happy and prosperous lives,? said Gumede. The delegation heard that the healthy city concept goes far beyond the state of physical health of an individual. It includes human and infrastructure development, empowerment, environment, safety, social cohesion, finances, food security and accessibility. The visit left the KwaZulu- Natal delegation invigorated with Gumede calling for the City to take an aggressive approach to major infrastructure projects. ?We must all rally behind our plans, drive implementation and produce the results. We have sound growth and development plans. The fact that investors are looking at our location with a keen interest to invest is very encouraging.? Gumede has met with potential investors who are keen to explore Durban as their business location. There will be further discussions in the coming weeks. ?We must not be shy to think big. Instead we must be bold and innovative in driving a globally competitive city. We must work collaboratively with our partners and raise the profile of Durban,? added Gumede Also on the cards is a possible sister city relationship with Shanghai Municipality which will be guided by a memorandum of understanding. This partnership will serve to further strengthen relations between South Africa and China who are BRICS partners.

Cornubia economic development projects on track

SILINDILE MALULEKA and VUKILE MBATA ECONOMIC growth and alleviating poverty through sustainable job creation are the main objectives of the Cornubia?s industrial and business precinct with seven of the factories and warehouse facilities now fully operational. On 23 November, a Human Settlements delegation made up of officials from all spheres of government conducted an inspection of the Presidential flagship project situated north of Durban between Phoenix, Ottawa and Umhlanga. This major development, which is also one of eThekwini Municipality?s catalytic projects, is a public-private sector collaboration between eThekwini Municipality and Tongaat Hulett. The two partners aim to create an integrated precinct that promotes the concept of work, live and play within a single development. Currently under construction is the Cornubia Mall due to open in October 2017. Infrastructure is complete and land has been sold at the Cornubia Industrial and Business Estate with more factories and warehouses being built. Head of eThekwini?s Human Settlements Unit, Beryl Mphakathi, said the core objective of the development is to ensure that a complete and liveable environment is created, within which a wide range of economic and social opportunities are integrated with the provision of housing. ?It is a model of social, economic and geographic integration. Cornubia will contribute to the integration of the City and the legacy of spatial and economic imbalances of historical planning, by bringing communities closer to job opportunities, social amenities, major services and public transport, embracing all aspects of human settlement and the natural, social and economic environments,? she said. Also on the cards is the proposed Athletics Village for the 2022 Commonwealth Games. This Village will accommodate about 6 000 athletes and officials and will be constructed within Cornubia Phase 2. After the games, the units will be sold as partially subsidised affordable housing. ?An additional legacy aspect of the Commonwealth Games Athletics Village is the conversion of operational and international zone as much needed social facilities for the Cornubia development. These will include a school, hall, clinic and sports field,? Mphakathi added. Giving a progress report on the houses, Mphakathi said Phase 1B, which consists of 2180 sites, will be completed before the end of this year. Phase 2 will start soon. silindile.maluleka@durban.gov.za

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