An additional R199 million will be spent this financial year
to purchase three parcels of land across the City as part of
eThekwini Municipality’s strategic strategy to eliminate
informal settlements.

The additional amount was approved as part of the Adjustment
Budget for the 2018/19 financial year at an Executive
Committee meeting held today, 26 February.

This is an addition to the R25 million that has already been
spent this financial year by the Human Settlements Unit to
purchase land in a bid to eradicate informal settlements and
fast track service delivery in communities.

The approval of funding to purchase additional land was
welcomed by the Executive Committee who remain committed to
efficient and effective service delivery.

CITY TO SKILL 200 UNEMPLOYED YOUTH IN PLUMBING AND
ELECTRICAL WORK

The City will be training 200 unemployed youth through the
artisan Development Programme over three years, specifically
in plumbing and electrical courses.

This follows the tabling of a report at an Executive
Committee meeting held today, 26 February for the
Municipality to accept grant funding of R33 million from the
Energy and Water Sector Education and Training Authority
(SETA) to implement the Artisan Development Programme:
Plumbing and Electrical for 200 beneficiaries.

The tabled report grants authority for the City’s Chief
Learning Officer to enter into a service level agreement
with the procured professional training provider in order to
deliver and monitor as well as report on progress made.

Acting Deputy City Manager of the Corporate and Human
Resources Cluster Dr Mpilo Ngubane said youth will be
selected for the programme from a City database.

“We have advertised on a number of occasions for youth,
who qualified, to register on a database to participate in
such programmes. We renew and add new recipients to the
database every three years. We advertised in November last
year to be added to the database,” he said.

This initiative is part of the Artisan Development Programme
which was approved by Council in 2016. The programme had a
targeted output of 10 000 trained artisans in various trades
which required a budget of R741 million for the duration of
the programme. Due to the cost, the City was unable to
implement the programme at once with phases being rolled out
instead.

The report states that the initial phase of implementation,
partly funded by the Municipality, targeted more than 500
beneficiaries who were enrolled for three years. The
programme will be ending between December and June 2020.

The Energy and Water SETA has granted R33 million to the
Municipality to enrol 200 beneficiaries over three years.
The funding approved to undertake 100 electricians and 100
plumbers. Adding to the existing number of enrolled, the
total number of beneficiaries of the programme is 735.

The starting date of the programme is 1 March.

CITY TO SIGN MOU’S TO IMPROVE DISASTER MANAGEMENT
RESPONSE

EThekwini Municipality will enter into a memorandum of
understanding (MOU) with the South African Weather Service
to supplement the City’s Forecast Early Warning System.
This follows the tabling of the Human Settlements and
Infrastructure Committee report at an Executive Committee
meeting held today, 26 February.

The signing of the MOU is being done in an effort to improve
how the Municipality actively deals with disasters and to
reduce the risk to lives and infrastructure.

The tabled report mandates City Manager Sipho Nzuza to sign
an MOU with the South African Weather Service on behalf of
the Municipality.

In addition to further strengthen its response to disaster
management, the City will also be entering into an MOU with
the Council of Scientific and Industrial Research to further
supplement the Forecast Early Warning System. This is being
done to manage the impact of coastal disasters and provide
research opportunities on climate change and coastal
patterns affecting the City and its residents.

The second tabled report, also from the Human Settlements
and Infrastructure Committee report, grants authority to
Nzuza to sign a MOU with Council of Scientific and
Industrial Research.

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