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Theme: “Year of Unity, Socio Economic Renewal and Nation Building”. 

  • Madam Speaker: Cllr Weziwe Thusi
  • KwaZulu-Natal Premier: Mr Sihle Zikalala
  • MEC for Economic Development,
  • Tourism and Environmental Affairs: Ms Nomusa Dube-Ncube
  • MEC for Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs: Mr Sipho Hlomuka
  • Deputy Mayor: Cllr Belinda Scott
  • Chief Whip: Cllr Sibongiseni Mkhize
  • Chairpersons of Committees
  • EXCO Members
  • Chairperson of the District House of Traditional Leaders: Inkosi Mlaba and all Traditional Leaders present
  • Acting City Manager: Mr Sipho Cele
  • Councillors
  • Business Sector Leadership
  • Interfaith Leadership
  • Leaders from the Organised Labour
  • Members of the Media
  • Residents of eThekwini Municipality 

Sanibonani, Good Morning!

Today we come together to recommit ourselves to the people of eThekwini Municipality that we will spare neither strength nor effort to build a city that belongs to all who live in it, inspired by the ideals of the Freedom Charter which remains our guiding document for socio-economic change.

Madam Speaker in a time of uncertainty, despair and anxiety let me perhaps begin with the words of one of Africa’s greatest sons and revolutionaries Amilcar Cabral when he said: “Hide nothing from the masses of our people. Tell no lies. Expose lies when they are told, Mask no difficulties, mistakes and failures. Claim no easy victories.”

Madam Speaker, following the consideration of the magnitude and severity of the COVID-19 pandemic outbreak, a National State of Disaster was declared under Section 3 of the Disaster Management Act, 2002 (Act 57 of 2002).

This pandemic presents unprecedented challenges for the City of eThekwini and the rest of the global community. The COVID 19 pandemic also presents us with unique opportunities to utilise this national state of disaster to accelerate our resolve to embrace the 4th Industrial Revolution. Ours as the City is to leverage the New Normal to lay a solid foundation for the evolution and reindustrialization of the City’s economic trajectory.

His Excellency President Cyril Ramaphosa instructed us during his State of the Nation Address to establish an Infrastructure Fund and a new approach to building infrastructure.

This new approach enjoins us as the City to build a new social compact with the private sector, organised labour and communities.

Our social compact must identify critical interventions to build a professional public service and a City capable of playing a transformative and developmental role in realizing the vision of the National Development Plan and the District Development Model by 2030.

Our New Normal will require collaboration between all sectors of society and strong leadership by government. In a society with deep social and economic divisions, neither social nor economic transformation is possible without an effective government intervention. Under this new normal, the city must provide the institutions and infrastructure that enable the economy and society to flourish.

It is in this context that together with our social partners we have developed a post COVID-19 Pandemic Economic Recovery Strategy. A key and central pillar of the Economic Recovery Strategy will be the implementation of our Radical Socio-Economic Transformation Programme.

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