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May - 26 May 2016 Your FREE Newspaper www.durban.gov.za

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City to assist flood victims

THEMBA KHUMALO ETHEKWINI Mayor James Nxumalo has pledged to assist the four families of the people who were killed due to flooding and landslides caused by heavy rains that battered parts of the City on 7-8 May 2016. Nxumalo told the families during a visit on 11 May 2016 to areas that were severely affected that the Municipality would give them financial assistance to ensure that they are able to give their loved ones a dignified burial. During the visit to inspect the progress made on relief interventions to assist affected families, Nxumalo was accompanied by Deputy Mayor Nomvuzo Shabalala, Chair of the Governance and Human Resources Committee Nondumiso Cele, Councillors, Provincial and City officials. The areas visited include Bottlebrush in Chatsworth, South of Durban, where five -year-old Emmanuel Zangwa died after an informal dwelling collapsed on him. Two women in nearby area died after being swept into a river that runs through Bottlebrush. Babhekile Miya who lost her sister, Nomvula Miya, 28, in the floods commended the Municipality for its swift response. ?I want to thank the Mayor and our Councillor for coming to see us today. This shows that we are not alone and that they care,? she said. Nxumalo also visited Umlazi where heavy torrential rains claimed the life of a one-year-old child in Ward 88. He said City?s Disaster Management team, various Provincial and Municipal Departments, Non- Government Organisations will work together to continue assisting the affected families. Nxumalo said there were four confirmed deaths, two adults and two children. ?Police are still searching for the bodies of a 40-year-old woman and her four-yearold child believed to have drowned in a stream that runs through Bottlebrush,? he added. Nxumalo said more than 500 people had been displaced and were being accommodated in community halls across the City. The Executive Committee has requested that a study be done to advise on which informal settlements were built near rivers, riverbanks and on catchment areas. ?We want to talk to those MAIN PICTURE: Mayor James Nxumalo and Executive Committee member Cllr Nondumiso Cele comforting Babhekile Miya whose sister died in the recent floods. INSERT: Mayor Nxumalo inpecting the site where a five-year-old boy died in Bottlebrush. Pictures: THEMBA KHUMALO people and make them aware of the dangers of building in such areas. We also want to move them from these high risk areas to prevent this tragedy from happening in future,? said Nxumalo. themba.khumalo@durban.gov.za

Sports Academy plans on track

CHARMEL PAYET DEVELOPMENT plans are on track for the City?s first state-of-the-art international sports Training Centre. The centre will have a football academy attached and is set to revolutionise sports development in eThekwini Municipality. The land where the sports academy will be built can now be leased for development to begin, following the completion of the public participation process. A report approved by Full Council on 4 May 2016, confirmed that the Municipality has achieved all compliance requirements necessary for the development of the sports academy. The project is being developed in partnership

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Artist impression of the sports training centre. between the Provincial Government, eThekwini Municipality, Hoy Park Management Pty Ltd and the South African Football Association. charmel.payet@durban.gov.za

City to facilitate training of 10 000 youth artisans

CHARMEL PAYET ETHEKWINI will facilitate the training of 10 000 youth as artisans over three years. A report was presented to the Executive Committee updating the committee on progress regarding the Artisan Development Project as per the resolution of Council of 24 February 2016. The estimated total cost of the project is R742.1 million which includes tuition costs, monthly stipends, material and project management. The Academy will engage with artisan development institutions around eThekwini. Youth will be trained in the following trades: diesel and petrol mechanics, welding, fitting and turning and electrical maintenance. They will be enrolled at a trade testing centre to get a full artisan qualification.

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There are also options for lower skills programmes that have lower entry requirements. To source trainees, adverts will be placed in various local newspapers outlining the requirement for each field of study and the number of spaces available for enrolment. Applications can be dropped off at Sizakala Centres, libraries and Municipal offices. charmel.payet@durban.gov.za

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