Municipal overview

2017-03-01 06:01

ADDRESSING the renewal of the ageing trunk sewer line in Warner Beach, Councillor Andre Beetge reported that starting March 2017, 50 metres of ageing sewer line infrastructure will be replaced from the Kingsway 2 pump station located south of Subway Road in Warner Beach.

The pipe will run from the pump station across Andrew Zondo (Kingsway) and then parallel with Kingsway Close. Road crossing will be accommodated during a weekend to minimise traffic interruption and flow will be re-directed along Kingsway Close.

The project will run for approximately three months and will not interrupt flow as the new pipe will be installed alongside the existing with crossover accommodated during the early night when flow is at a minimum.

Development, corner Uitsig Road and R603, St Winifreds

Approximately four hectare of land on the corner of Uitsig Road and R603 zoned “light industrial and commercial park” is being cleared by a private developer - there is no planning towards government-funded low-cost or subsidised housing.

The adjacent shopping centre that essentially serves the requirements of the ever enlarging local community is also being submitted to extensive renovations that sets to further uplift the area. This against the background of a joint venture between KZN provincial government, eThekwini municipality and Toyota that will see a further 1000 ha being developed to accommodate, among others, a motor industrial park and other related industries - this to include a new bridge to replace the ageing steel bridge across the Illovo River.

Infrastructure repair - waste waterline, Doonside

Persistent waste water seepage along Somerset Place between Doonside and Warner Beach eventually received the required attention when it was determined that not only had a pipe slightly shifted closer the manhole located alongside Somerset place, but that debris removed during a recent blockage carried signs of a possible infrastructure failure higher in the line and possibly underneath the N2 freeway.

The shifted pipe was repositioned and a new manhole constructed where after a camera was commissioned to determine the condition of infrastructure of the section below the N2. A vertical break was detected and subsequently repaired.

Community-based planning - March

The community and society or interest groups or organisations are alerted that two weekends in March will be used by the City department’s community participation and action support to roll out and workshop ward specific community-based planning for inclusion into the five-year integrated development plan. Dates, venue and times will be published as soon as confirmation received.

R150 000 spent in a single night event?

Concern was expressed during the January sitting of the eThekwini full council when expenditure of R150 000 was towards a single night’s New Year’s event at Umnini dam, as approved by the mayor and acting city manager in terms of Role of Order 28 during Council’s December 2016 recess, was tabled for ratification.

The motivation held that it created additional job opportunities and was an ideal platform to showcase Umnini Dam as an adventure tourism attraction.

The fact is that Umnini Dam is not a member of Sapphire Coast Tourism, several municipal departments expressed concerns regarding both safety in terms of access and injury, no local job opportunities were created as marquees, catering and staff arrived from and departed back to other areas at sunrise and even locals, who hoped to receive remuneration for parking within their premises, remained in wait for compensation.

Councillor André Beetge argued that R150 000 could have been better spent by the local tourism organisation to enhance additional activities across all areas as opposed to a select few enjoying the spoils of a one night event. It was also pointed out that all local tourism organisations across the City still remain in wait of their municipal funding, thus necessitating them to present festive season programs largely funded as subsidised interest free loans from its paid members.

The R150 000 Umnini Dam event was one of four events totalling R1 368 000 approved by the mayor and acting city manager during the same recess period.

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