Together making Durban a better place.
Together making Durban a better place. 
A Partnership Solutions Breakfast discussion took place at Tsogo Sun's Maharani Towers this morning between eThekwini Municipality's leadership and Business Leadership represented by the Mayoral Team Durban Advisory Committee, the Durban Chamber of Commerce and Industry Board, plus KZN Growth Coalition Executives. This joint initiative, around improving Beachfront Partnerships has identified opportunities for local businesses and citizens to deepen relationships with Government to jointly address obstacles and opportunities across our Beachfront.
The Beachfront Partnerships Initiative will be driven by eThekwini's Economic Development Cluster team with the full support of Organized Business structures and their Corporate Members, plus Civil Society networks (e.g. City Story and others) .
Durban welcomes over 1 million visitors to the Golden Mile, our beachfront stretch from Blue Lagoon to Ushaka Marine World on an annual basis. Additional resources and larger support teams have been secured and the expanded teams are already galvanized into keeping the beachfront clean and safe.
Business Leadership were enlightened and encouraged by the additional resources and management commitment, to which they will add more.
Presenting at the Beachfront Partnerships Initiative, Her Worship, the Deputy Mayor, Councillor Fawzia Peer encouraged greater participation by and with Business plus other Stakeholders. The Deputy Mayor challenged us all "to consider how civic pride in all our residents can be increased. We need more "Durban Ambassadors" and to better welcome visitors to our City," she said.
The City's extra support for the Golden Mile for the 2018 festive season and beyond includes: Extra policing deployed daily by Metro Police in the form of:
• Additional personnel
• Extra vehicles for patrolling purposes
• Additional Metro Police personnel to cover events and special duties
• Visible policing in the form of foot patrols walking the beat
• Students from Police Academy undergoing training as Precinct Ambassadors
• Close collaboration and continuous joint operations with SAPS
Extra cleaning teams deployed by Durban Solid Waste in the form of:
✓ Additional bins for litter
✓ Static Litter Picking Teams within the Beach Precinct segmented into
cleaning zones
✓ Roving Litter Picking Teams within the Beach and Sports Precincts Additional support and facilities for visitors include:
✓ Park & Ride (Shuttle) Services Central Beachfront
✓ Informal Pop-Up Trader Facilities
✓ Natal Command Picnic Area created for families and all visitors
✓ Various Pop Up Picnic Areas & Informal Trade Facilities
✓ Temporary Parking Availability (East Natal Command & Drive Inn Site)
"We are completely behind this exciting initiative. It is a unique opportunity for the ideas, concerns and opinions of local business to be heard", said Durban Chamber of Commerce and Industry CEO, Palesa Phili. "As the Chamber, we commend the City on these discussions and look forward to the clear and measurable actions that will come out of this initiative. We believe that by end 2019, we will have attracted more international and business tourism to Durban".
Some of the Partnership Solutions discussed included:
➢ Erecting added signage outlining City By laws
➢ Civic Pride Campaign with Business (including Staff education on Bylaws, littering,
➢ Additional Family oriented events
➢ Corporate recognition & encouragement to those working on the beachfront
➢ Additional contract security throughout the year (similar to Tsogo Sun's Precinct
➢ Support by Stakeholders for child minding centres
➢ Personal hygiene companies' support of ablution facilities
Phillip Sithole, Deputy City Manager: Economic Development and Planning urged Corporates to partner with the City on the presented opportunities and to help us all deliver for the festive season and beyond into next year.
12 December 2018 at Tsogo Suns Maharani Towers

United Prayer 2019
United Prayer 2019 
City Story holds a monthly prayer meeting on the last Thursday evening of every month to pray for the City. We gather together, across denomination and race, and focus on specific prayer needs in the area of education, business, Church, arts and entertainment, family, government, health, social services, media and sport.
6PM - 7 PM @ Greyville Race Course
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