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eThekwini Mayor opens his first official conference - The UCLG International Learning Exchange

Newly elected Mayor of eThekwini Municipality, Cllr. James Nxumalo, welcomed over 100 international delegates to the UCLG Strategic Planning Learning Exchange, hosted by MILE in partnership with UCLG, at the North Beach Southern Sun Hotel, yesterday.

The Mayor expressed his excitement and emphasised how an event like this will do great things for the City.

“I am very excited, an event of this calibre will allow for big international cities to exchange learnings and experiences with each other,” said Mayor Nxumalo.

The main theme for the event is ‘fostering learning of the global south’ and participants were eager to share and learn from one another keeping in mind the broader perspective of implementing the learnings to improve cities worldwide.

Day one of the exchange commenced with the welcome and introductions to the panel. Thereafter the objectives were presented by SALGA Executive Director: Economic Development and Planning, Mayur Maganlal, and UCLG Project Manager, Sara Hoeflich.

“This is a great opportunity to get support from MILE and for MILE to get support from us to grow internationally. It is important too for us to commit to what we want to do. We need to have practical learnings and we need to share our experiences efficiently and apply the learnings.”  I advise cities and local government to think about what is physical and practical. In these three days, we want to narrow it down into proposals and ideas that we can all work together to implement. The experience here is about learning and we must go beyond to respond to a commitment,” said Hoeflich.

Delegates thereafter  had two sessions with different themes and presentations by the Vice President of UCLG Urban Planning committee, among other speakers.

eThekwini Deputy Mayor, Cllr. Nomvuzo Shabalala, thought the event was well organised and great for networking and extending the city’s relationship with other municipalities in the world. She said,“ We want to learn from them and also share our very own expertise. This event will help us grow because as a city we have a lot of challenges and issues that face our communities and we can utilise the learnings from this learning exchange to implement where possible.”

The night concluded with a Mayoral Civic reception at the Moses Mabhida Stadium where delegates were treated to light entertainment and a cocktail reception, after an address by eThekwini Speaker of Council, Logie Naidoo.

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