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Thursday, 01 February 2018 11:11

Mayor urges residents to use water wisely

EThekwini Mayor Zandile Gumede encouraged residents and businesses in the City to continue to use water wisely by reducing their consumption.

“People need to save water and reduce their consumption. We may not have a water crisis in the City but saving water is still important as we are still in drought. We are still implementing evening water restrictions in some parts of the City.”

She said a progress report would be presented to Exco detailing all the interventions made by the City and the impact these interventions were having.

Mayor Gumede also urged the public to promptly report water leaks using the City’s award winning WhatsApp number on 073 148 3477.

She said the City would strengthen the water education officers’ initiative as they were on the ground in communities encouraging and teaching residents how to save water.

City to support IEC in run-up to National and Provincial elections

The Executive Committee today, 30 January approved a report outlining support the Municipality will offer to the Independent Electoral Commission (IEC) for the upcoming national and provincial elections.

The report states that the national and provincial elections are scheduled to occur during April and August 2019. The election dates still have to be confirmed.

The staffing support eThekwini Municipality will provide include Municipal officials closer to the elections acting firstly as Sub-Municipal Electoral Officers responsible for portfolios such as recruitment and results, operations, logistics and warehouse function and distribution management.

Furthermore, the report states that during special activities such as voter education and registration, docking of scanners, special vote capturing and results capturing, Municipal staff members who are deployed may be paid overtime as most of these activities occur after hours.

The City will also offer logistical support to the IEC with the allocation of halls, libraries, grounds and other infrastructure for registration and voting stations as well as training venues with the tariff costs being waivered. The provision of various types of vehicles including specialised ones will also be catered for.

It is necessary for the City to lend support as the Electoral Commission in KwaZulu-Natal establishes the Provincial/Durban Electoral Operations and Results Capturing Centre. The Centre provides for the capturing of all election results in eThekwini also providing the overall nerve centre operation for the province.

The financial implications are R2 million which includes staffing support including overtime, logistical support including vehicles, generators and supplies, printing and the results centre venue hire cost.

Darul Ihsan Media Desk

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