Municipal executive committee decisions

eThekwini mayor, Zandile Gumede.

Executive committee decisions taken at the 21 November meeting.

Update on repairs from storm damage
Repair work to infrastructural damage caused during a recent storm is set to begin.
The report requested authority from Council to undertake City wide emergency repairs resulting from a storm on 10 October.

Also read: Power to be restored soon, says eThekwini Municipality

The report stated that the repairs are urgent.

While the severe storm affected many parts of eThekwini Municipality, the southern areas of the City were the worst affected. Severely affected areas include Amanzimtoti, KwaDabeka, parts of uMlazi, Isipingo, Montclair, Jacobs, Clairwood, Bluff, Chesterville, Malvern, Queensburgh, Glenwood, Durban CBD, Durban North and La Lucia.
The complaints have been divided into two categories:
-Emergency – where there is high risk or potential risk to life. These projects need immediate action and,

-Urgent Projects not on Capital Budget – these high priority projects have been identified following the storm but are not on the capital budget for this year or ensuing years.
Regarding financial implications, the report stated that normal projects will follow the standard supply chain management procedure, however, funding will need to be identified for all projects. It is noted that the R30 million emergency fund for the 2017/18 financial year is already fully committed to addressing projects identified during the major storm of 24-26 July 2016.

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Senior citizens programme to start
“It is the time of the year that we should show gratitude to our citizens especially children and the elderly, as a caring municipality we will start rolling out Senior Citizens Programme for all of our 110 wards,” said Mayor Zandile Gumede.

Gumede said the roll-out of the annual programme was starting in the west of the City. She was speaking after the Executive Committee approved a report to implement the 2017/18 Senior Citizens Programme.

The report stated the programme is an annual one that is jointly organised by Mayoral Parlour Unit and Office of the Speaker together with ward councillors, ward committee members and volunteers to bring joy to thousands of senior citizens across eThekwini.
During the programme elderly residents are presented with refreshments and a gift package containing food and other selected items.

Highway Mail reporter

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