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Mayoral Regeneration Imbizo

CHARMEL PAYET A MAYORAL Regeneration Imbizo will be held in eThekwini to provide a platform for residents from the 10 Community Residential Units (CRUs), formerly known as hostels, to engage with City leadership. The Imbizo will also provide a platform to discuss challenges being experienced at the CRUs as well as to disseminate information on healthrelated issues and address concerns including social ills such as drug and substance abuse, high levels of poverty and service delivery. Around 12 000 people are expected to attend the event. The details of the Mayoral Imbizo were laid out in a report tabled at the Executive Committee meeting on 25 July. The Imbizo will be organised in partnership with the faith-based sector and other partners, with the day expected to be characterised by prayers, traditional dances and displays by government line departments with messages from the political leadership. The date and venue will be confirmed soon. EThekwini Mayor Zandile Gumede said all the CRUs in the City will converge at this event to discuss pertinent issues. She said the Imbizo will also be an opportunity to provide residents with relevant information. ?This is about treating hostel people with dignity. We want to spread the word and get everyone together and talk to them. Information is power. We will review the date following concerns raised to ensure a number of people attend,? Mayor Gumede said. Deputy Mayor Fawzia Peer said it was incumbent on Mayor Gumede to reach out to communities regarding social ills. ?We know that there are problems at CRUs and this Imbizo will bring people together. The Mayor is going to listen to residents? concerns to show that we are a caring City. I applaud the Mayor for this good initiative,? said Councillor Peer. Chairperson of the Human Settlement and Infrastructure Committee Councillor Mondli Mthembu said City leadership has to deal with the issues at CRUs. MEC for Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs Nomusa Dube-Ncube and eThekwini Mayor Zandile Gumede clean-up outside a resident?s home in Cato Manor as part of the Mandela Day activities. Picture: ZAMANTUNGWA GUMEDE ?This is the first interaction as leadership of the City with CRU dwellers. Council approved a social facilitator

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for interventions to be made at CRUs previously. There are a number of things we have to do to improve the situation at the CRUs. This Imbizo is a precursor to the things we will be doing at the hostels to ensure that further interventions we make will not be met with hostility,? Councillor Mthembu said.

Isiphingo regeneration moves forward

SOHANA SINGH Isiphingo has emerged cleaner and greener after eThekwini Municipality made a concerted effort to spruce up the area from 24 to 28 July. A multi-disciplinary task force made up of several City units tackled various issues including illegal dumping, illegal business operations, vacant plots of land while enforcing town planning and building regulations. The team also cleaned streams and repaired roads and storm water drains. The operation, which aims to address issues of service delivery affecting business owners and residents comes after Deputy Mayor Fawzia Peer visited the area recently as part of a service delivery round table discussion. Councillor Peer had tasked officials to resolve the issues raised and report back to her. Head of the Economic Development Unit Musa Mbhele said the City aims to address key strategic issues and challenges in the precinct and has taken an integrated approach to service delivery in the area. ?This will be sustained over a period of time and we hope to see a difference in a few months. We encourage the community to report illegal activity and do their part in ensuring that the area remains clean.? Mbhele also said that as a secondary Central Business District, Isiphingo is seen as a key economic hub for the City. ?The key challenges identified in Isiphingo are derelict buildings, chaotic informal trading, congested public transport, lack of enforcement, crime, drugs and poor service delivery,? he said. The Municipality is committed to achieving a renewed and regenerated Isiphingo that functions smoothly and efficiently, free of crime and grime. The Municipality therefore, calls on all community members, business and other stakeholders to take ownership of their area and play a role towards achieving this vision by taking pride in their surroundings and ensuring compliance with the various City by-laws. sohana.singh@durban.gov.za The City?s Roads and Stormwater Department was part of a multi-disciplinary operation team that cleaned-up Isiphingo from 24 to 28 July. Picture: ZAMANTUNGWA GUMEDE

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