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Ethekwini Ready to Implement District Development Model
 
Minister of Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs Dr Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma was in eThekwini Municipality for a two day visit to a track the implementation of the District Development Model (DDM) from 12 to 13 November.

The DDM, which seeks to dismantle silo thinking in government, was launched by President Cyril Ramaphosa last year with one of the pilot projects being rolled out in eThekwini.

Speaking at the Inkosi Albert Luthuli International Convention Centre, Minister Dlamini-Zuma said in order for the DDM to thrive, there must be a proper and strong base in the Municipality.

“For the Municipality to create a stable government there must be good governance, proper service delivery, sound financial management and professional and qualified administrative personnel. We need to maximise the service delivery impact and align resources. All spheres of government must work together for better accountability. The City must be firm in sustainable development and accelerate initiatives to promote poverty alleviation, unemployment, hunger and inequality,” said Minister Dlamini-Zuma.  She said her delegation will be meeting with City officials every three months to monitor progress of the DDM in order to iron out any challenges. 

EThekwini Mayor Councillor Mxolisi Kaunda said the City is ready to implement the DDM.
“Over the past 26 years, the Municipality has made great strides in improving the lives of people. We acknowledge that while much still has to be done and we have a long road ahead of us, we are proud that we have improved the lives of many eThekwini residents,” he said.

He said there are plans to develop informal settlements into formal housing.
Mayor Kaunda said the Integrated Rapid Public Transport Network Phase 1: C3 corridor infrastructure rollout is complete with the bus operation plan finalised, which will be launched next year.

“We are providing roads, footpaths and water and sanitation to 581 informal settlements. At the beginning of the Covid 19 pandemic, the City was forced to halted various catalytic projects but with the easing of lockdown restrictions, work at some projects has commenced,” said Mayor Kaunda.

 “An agreement with the provincial Department of Transport will soon be signed to allow the City to maintain all provincial roads within eThekwini boundaries,” he added.
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