eThekwini mayor postpones 1 year report back

2017-08-31 18:06
eThekwini mayor Zandile Gumede. (Netwerk24, file)

eThekwini mayor Zandile Gumede. (Netwerk24, file)

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Durban - eThekwini Mayor Zandile Gumede has cancelled her one year report back briefing scheduled for this week, saying a bigger venue was needed for the occasion.

"We can confirm that the report back has been postponed mainly because we needed a bigger venue to accommodate all the stakeholders who will form part of the mayor's report back to the residents of eThekwini," mayoral spokesperson Mthunzi Gumede told News24.

"The mayor wanted to ensure that those who have played a role in partnering with her office to deliver services are included and that credit is given to them for their efforts as well. These include representatives from taxi groups, religious organisations, business and civic groups."

The report back was widely tipped by Gumede to "expose the lies of the DA" after the party's vociferous criticism of the mayor's first year in office last week.

Democratic Alliance eThekwini caucus leader, Zwakele Mncwango, has faced off with Gumede even before she took over as mayor, but upped the ante last week by saying the municipality was on the brink of collapse under Gumede's leadership.

READ: Reports of exodus of senior managers unfounded - eThekwini mayor

Internal audit report

Gumede has also come under fire over costs around the city's hosting of the American Essence Festival which takes places in Durban in September.

Mncwango is demanding the tabling of an internal audit report which he insists details irregularities and overspending on the festival.

However, Durban Tourism and Business head, Phillip Sithole has rejected the allegations, accusing the DA of misquoting the report before finalisation.

Gumede is expected to challenge the DA's allegations at her report back meeting which is now expected to take place in the next few weeks.

"The mayor will lay bare all her successes since taking office so that residents of eThekwini can judge for themselves instead of relying on the spin doctoring of the DA. The fact is the mayor is more focused on service delivery unlike the DA," said Mthunzi Gumede.

"Under her leadership, initiatives like radical economic transformation and incubation programmes for business entities have already commenced. The report back will also outline programmes which have had a direct result in reducing poverty and creating employment in our metro.

"These include expansion of soup kitchens, empowering community service providers, a radical CBD programme of action to regenerate the inner city, a new Investment Promotion Strategy to attract global investments to the city and retention of existing investors."

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