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April - 12 May 2016 Your FREE Newspaper www.durban.gov.za

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Social Cohesion Conference

SIMPHIWE DLAMINI THE current levels of inherited inequality presents a major risk to social stability. These were the sentiments of most speakers and delegates during the three-day eThekwini Social Cohesion Conference that was held at the I nkosi Albert Luthuli International Convention Centre on 21-23 April. High profile speakers included the Minister of Communications Faith Muthambi, a Member of the Provincial Legislature Sihle Zikalala, eThekwini Mayor James Nxumalo, a Former Board Member of the South African Broadcast Cooperation and an author of Why We are Not a Nation Christine Qunta, Political Commentator Eusebius McKaiser and Professor Somadoda Fikeni. The conference was aimed at looking at the strides made by the Municipality towards building a socially cohesive City since the inaugural conference in 2012. The Head of Parks Recreation and Culture Unit Thembinkosi Ngcobo, said that the conference was a huge success and that the next step will be to compile a report and the resolutions that will be presented to Council. ?The resolutions will have to be adopted by Council after which they will be incorporated in all Municipal programmes in the quest of achieving a socially cohesive City,? said Ngcobo. Nxumalo said :?In the South African context, any notion of social cohesion must be a broad, democratic and progressive one. It must include the principles of unity, non-racialism, and non-sexism that have been the cornerstone of the liberation struggle and are now central to our Constitutional democracy.? Muthambi announced that the Department of Communications will partner with the Municipality in hosting next year?s eThekwini social cohesion conference. The Department will bring on board its entities including the South African Broadcasting Cooperation. ?Events of this nature are crucial in nation-building and taking the country forward. Now more than ever South Africans need to have a serious conversation about our social cohesion, or lack thereof,? she said. simphiwe.dlamini@durban.gov.za

Taking The Budget To The People

MAKE YOUR VOICE HEARD: From left Council Speaker Logie Naidoo, Mayor James Nxumalo, Health, Safety and Social Services Committee Chairperson Zandile Gumede and Finance and Procurement Committee Chairperson Fawzia Peer presenting the City?s draft budget for the 2016/17 financial year to members of the community at the Botanic Gardens on 26 April. The budget hearings currently taking place across the City will ensure that the allocation of funds is aligned with the needs of the community. For more on the budget see page 6 Picture: ROMITA HANUMAN

Councillor Sibiya hailed as a resolute leader at funeral

METRO REPORTER ETHEKWINI Municipality Mayor James Nxumalo, once again condemned the murder of Councillor Zodwa Sibiya, during her funeral service on 24 April. Sibiya was shot and killed at the Glebelands Community Residential Unit (CRU) in Umlazi on 16 April. Her death comes after the Municipality had made significant progress in implementing the safety plan for the CRU launched in 2014 by the political leadership. Nxumalo said R10 million has been allocated for fencing the CRU and the project was progressing well. ?The construction of fencing has already begun at the Glebelands Community Residential Unit. We care about our people and will Councillor Zodwa Sibiya was laid to rest at her family home in Mkhazini after a moving funeral service at the Durban City Hall on 24 April 2016. take every step to ensure their safety,? he said. Nxumalo said that a task team had been established comprising of national, provincial, and local leadership in order to find solutions aimed at addressing issues of violence at Glebelands. He added that the City is extremely concerned about the safety of residents in Community Residential Units, particularly Glebelands and KwaMashu. Sibiya was instrumental in the fight to allow women to reside in Community Residential Units. She was a proportional representation councillor in the Bluff area? and was known for her involvement in trying to bring peace in Glebelands. Members of the City?s Executive Committee, Councillors, ANC members, members of the provincial legislature including MEC?s, members of the National Assembly which included Minister of Social Development Bathabile Dlamini and Deputy Minister of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries Bheki Cele as well as members of the public were in attendance to pay their respects to the late councillor. KwaZulu-Natal Premier Senzo Mchunu described Sibiya as a ?principled and resolute leader.?

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