EThekwini Mayor, Cllr James Nxumalo is today, 17/04/13, leading a high level delegation on a study tour to the Cities of Johannesburg and Tshwane in Gauteng. The delegation includes members of the Executive Committee, Speaker Logie Naidoo, Chief Whip Stanley Xulu, City Manager Sibusiso Sithole and Senior Municipal officials.
 
The team was welcome to the City of Johannesburg by the Executive Mayor Mpho Parks Tau, City Manager Trevor Fowler, Members of the Mayoral Committee and Senior City Officials.
 
Mayor Nxumalo says they are keen to share information and learn from other local governments.
 
“The visit is part of an exchange programme that we have initiated in terms of sharing best practices on a number of programmes with other Municipalities, especially the Metros,” said Nxumalo. “The areas of interest include urban renewal, human settlement programmes, implementation of the Integrated Rapid Public Transport Network (IRPTN), as well as synergies between the different offices, including the Mayor, City Manager and Speaker’s Offices.”
 
Mayor Nxumalo says through the Municipal Institute of Learning (MILE) eThekwini had taken the lead in the sharing of knowledge with other Municipalities. However, Council leadership wants to extend this by visiting other Metros and learn how they’ve dealt with issues of service delivery.
 
“We are keen to learn about the City of Johannesburg’s Growth and Development Strategy and how it is aligned to the National Development Plan and that of the Province. We also want to get firsthand experience of how the City has been able to regenerate areas like Soweto and Alexandra as well as how they’ve tackled the inner city renewal.”
 
Mayor Tau hailed eThekwini for initiating the visit, which would allow the Cities to share information and best practices.
 
“We hardly undertake visits to each other in order to learn, share lessons and experiences. It is clear that there’s a lot that we can learn from one another,” he said. “This visit should not only be about strengthening relationships but we should also share resources, expertise, documentation and challenges so that others do not have to go through the same challenges that we have experienced.”
The programme includes visits to several infrastructure projects like the Bus Rapid Transport (BRT) system and township development.
 
The delegation will visit the City of Tshwane tomorrow (Thursday, 18/04/13).
 
 
Issued by the eThekwini Municipality’s Communications Unit. For more information contact Municipal Spokesperson Thabo Mofokeng on 031 311 4820 or 0827317456 or e-mail Thabo1.Mofokeng@durban.gov.za
 
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