A robust plan to rejuvenate the Durban Central Business District (CBD) was tabled today, 15 September by eThekwini Mayor Zandile Gumede during the official launch of the radical CBD clean-up and safety programme.
Supported by the Durban Chamber of Commerce and Industry (DCCI) and the business community, the programme’s launch, which took place at Inkosi Albert Luthuli International Convention Centre, highlighted strategies and interventions the City has in place to revive the inner City. This, said Mayor Gumede, will attract investments and create more employment.
The programme aims to address cleanliness and safety related issues which includes crime and grime, illegal trading and derelict buildings.
Mayor Gumede applauded City officials for the great work undertaken in the past three weeks as part of the first phase of the programme that ensured cleanliness, compliance and safety.
“To sustain the great strides achieved, the Supply Chain Management process is underway to appoint a dedicated team to take full responsibility of CBD urban management,” she said.
Mayor Gumede outlined the key elements of the programme which are; safety and security, saying that an outcome-based visible security team is to carry out key protection mandates with clear indicators for each precinct.
The second element is to promote informal trading by streamlining trading areas, providing associated facilities and having a progression plan for street traders as they are positive contributors to the local Gross Domestic Product.
The third element of the programme is ensuring a revived waste management plan, which will talk to business needs as well as residents. The City will also continue to implement its by-law enforcement strategy.
Furthermore, the City will continue carrying out its environmental awareness campaigns and stimulate interest and active participation from communities to promote, enhance and protect the green areas in the City.
Mayor Gumede said the CBD clean-up is one of the Municipality’s signature programme that is expected to fulfil its 2030 vision of being Africa’s most caring and liveable City.
“What I just presented are clear and achievable goals which will result in us attracting more investors, creating 250 000 jobs and accommodating 450 000 people when the plan is fully developed.”
Newly appointed DCCI President Musa Makhunga pledged his commitment to the City’s programme, saying he will utilise all the chamber’s business structures to drive this mandate.
“It is practical and possible as I have seen it succeeding in other cities,” said Makhunga.
During the launch, a consolidated radical Durban CBD regeneration enforcement strategy and eThekwini integrated inner City local area plan was presented for businesses, stakeholders and residents to give input.