Anger over CBD paving project

2014-11-19 00:00

BUSINESSES and local residents are starting to get fed up with the paving work currently underway in the CBD, especially along Langalibalele (Longmaket) Street.

“This is taking forever to finish. There is no place for pedestrians to walk safely and we are always ducking vehicles driving down Langalibalele Street. Everything is in patches and you cannot see whether this project is coming or going,” said Imbali resident Nomaswazi Dlamini.

One business owner whose shop is located along Langalibalele Street near the Msunduzi Tourism Hub said that the unfinished brick paving of the pavement hinders customers from entering their shops.

“The workers are always digging and patching the pavement with red bricks. Days later, you see the very same workers stripping the very same pavement and restarting the whole process all over again. I doubt that these people doing brick paving are even trained to do the work. Almost everywhere you go, there are patches of unfinished work.”

Msunduzi Municipality spokesperson Thobeka Mafumbatha said that they are busy with all the contractors to give them the programme to reinstate all the work done in the CBD.

“The problem with all this construction is that there was no way-leave approved, but that doesn’t mean we can’t push them to reinstate all the works. We are gathering all the information street by street to find out who did the work from the roads department,” said Mafumbatha.

She added that the project currently being carried out in Langalibalele Street is done by the municipality, and that a meeting was due to take place last week Friday on the update of the project.

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