Acting Mayor Fawzia Peer, and the City’s Executive Committee welcomed the new members of the City Planning Commission, affirming the full support of the council.As the first city to establish the City Planning Commission in 2014, the Commission aims to guide the long term growth and development of ther region in a strategic direction that will ensure that eThekwini becomes a world class city that meets the needs of its citizens and competes globally. “This 2nd term of Commissioners are drawn from an array of backgrounds and consists of experienced, independent representatives from academia, civil society, the private sector, town planners, engineers and other professionals, who are each distinguished in their fields of expertise and would be able to guide the developmental trajectory of the City to new and greater heights,” said the city in a statement.
The strategic objective of the City Planning Commission is to act as an independent and expert advisory think-tank to the leadership and administration of eThekwini Municipality/It’s aimed at propelling long-term, holistic and catalytic socio-economic development of Durban and its people. Long-term planning must ensure that high economic growth rates are achieved, linked with the creation of decent, sustainable jobs; economic prosperity and an absolute reduction of poverty and inequities based on spatial, gender, income and racial differentiations. Acting Mayor Peer applauded the groundwork that the previous City Planning Commission laid and congratulated the new commissioners nominated to be a part of the City Planning Commission. “The City leadership is committed to walk this journey with you and I assure you of the leadership support during your term in office,” she said