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September 10
Celebrate heritage and tourism during September

AS THE month of September ushers in Spring, it is also a season of rebirth and renewal. As the leadership of the Municipality, we want to reaffirm our commitment to doing things differently and taking the Municipality to even greater heights.

The Covid-19 pandemic has taught us that our life as we know it may never be the same again and that we have to adapt to the “new normal”. This has renewed our way of thinking and unleashed new possibilities for the City. September is celebrated as Heritage and Tourism Month, and we are going to use this month to celebrate our colorful heritage and diversity and to foster social cohesion. It is equally important that we also use this month to rebuild the economy by emphasising the importance of the tourism sector on the City and country’s economy which has been hard hit by the Covid-19 pandemic.

September also marks the first anniversary of the Municipality’s new leadership in office. Over the coming weeks, we will be unveiling several projects outlining the progress we have made over the past 12 months in office. We want this to be a renewal of the social contract we entered into when assuming office, a commitment to changing the lives of residents for the better. We kickstarted this initiative by launching the eThekwini Economic Council that will serve as a social compact, providing strategic advice on economic development, inclusive growth strategies and provide support to City leadership.

The forum consists of expert and cross-sectoral leaders from various sectors and businesses determined by public nomination to advise the Mayor and City leadership on economic development, investment promotion and ensuring that there is an enabling environment for business within the City. However, all these efforts mentioned above will be tarnished if people embark on violent protest action instead of raising their concerns with the City by following the correct channels.

EThekwini Municipality continues to endeavor to deliver sustainable services to all residents. Despite these ongoing efforts, there have been several service delivery protests in various wards recently. And in their frustration, protestors have destroyed public amenities. There are various avenues that can be followed to alert the Municipality about a community’s concerns and needs. The Municipality remains open to engaging with the public to ensure accountability and effective and efficient service delivery. 

Councillors are central in communities to cultivate a good relationship with constituencies. The steps to raising service delivery concerns with the City are first to raise the issue with the local ward councillor. If you receive no joy from the ward councillor, escalate the matter to the Office of the Speaker. Only after these avenues have been exhausted should the matter be referred to the Office of the Mayor.

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