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Mayor intervenes to build a healthy City
​Mayor Zandile Gumede recently unveiled the Healthy City
Initiative at the Durban City Hall. The initiative aims to
promote a healthy, clean, green and caring City through
conducting clean-up campaigns.

MAYOR Zandile Gumede has made a clarion call to the 3.7 million eThekwini residents to rally behind the healthy City initiative which is a strategic intervention that will result in a holistically healthy City.

Mayor Gumede announced to stakeholders on 10 August, her high-level plans to ensure and promote a healthy City.

Addressing stakeholders at the Durban City Hall, Mayor Gumede said the health of eThekwini goes beyond the physical wellbeing of its residents. “In November last year, I said that the future of eThekwini and the realisation of its vision to be Africa’s most caring and liveable City by 2030 hinges on building a holistically sustainable healthy City,” she said.

Explaining the initiative, Mayor Gumede said it will include the City’s financial status, levels of cleanliness, environmental protection and socio-economic developments. “The healthy city concept also includes human and infrastructure development, empowerment, the environment, safety, social cohesion, food security and accessibility.

Cleaning up the environment does not only create a more pleasant place to live, but it also creates a good impression on prospective employers, investors, professionals and tourists,” she explained. To ensure that the initiative makes an impact in communities, the City has grand urban renewal and inner City regeneration plans, solid plans for tourism growth, investment promotion, catalytic projects that will grow its rates base and create jobs, economic transformation and environmental management.

Law enforcement operations are conducted by various Units including Metro Police, Building inspectorate, Business Licencing, iTrump, Cleansing and Solid waste. “Our City does a lot, but we need to garner support from residents and businesses in order to achieve our objectives in a more impactful and sustainable manner. In this regard, the City needs to embark on a social mobilisation campaign on which to pin its work and through it achieve maximum public participation, agreement and develop partnerships,” elaborated Mayor Gumede, who will be embarking on City-wide roadshows to promote the healthy City initiative.

In the next few weeks, Mayor Gumede will establish an Environmental Stakeholders Forum. “We will establish consultative forums or dialogues to collectively deal with health, safety and environmental challenges facing our City,” she said.

Through the establishment of the Environmental Stakeholders Forum, Mayor Gumede plans to mobilise Council departments in partnership with various stakeholders to look at health, safety and enforcement of Municipal by-laws. “We will support various efforts aimed at improving our living conditions. We will also strengthen partnerships between Council departments and various stakeholders, empower partners to act constructively and responsibly by providing relevant and up to date information and educational materials.

We will also encourage good working relationships among partners to achieve a spirit of cooperation and to develop strategies for implementation and monitoring,” said Mayor Gumede.

silindile.maluleka@durban.gov.za

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