Cash injection to upgrade Edendale Edendale’s cash injection

2016-11-23 06:01

A N injection of R10 million to upgrade the Manaye Hall and build a youth enterprise park in Edendale will serve as the first phase of a renewal project in the area­. Msunduzi municipality last week announced that the Department of Co-operative Governance and Traditional Affairs (Cogta) has committed to funding the two projects.

The building of a youth enterprise park and upgrades to the Manaye Hall will be funded by Cogta, while all other projects under the renewal programme will be funded by council, government departments and other stakeholders.

A report to the city’s executive committee by the Greater Edendale Vulindlela Development Initiative said the strategy is to unlock the economic potential of the area.

“The idea is to transform the image of the township stigma which primarily hinders the development and investment opportunities,” read the report presented.

The youth enterprise park will consist of 30 to 50 containers and will offer on-site training facilities and support to micro-businesses. This will take up R5 million of the funding.

The proposed youth enterprise park is to be located along the Edendale Corridor.

The central idea is to create a precinct where young entrepreneurs are able to establish their businesses. The park will provide shop spaces and boardroom facilities.

“WiFi connection and gym facilities will be key in terms of the entire development complex,” read the report.

The other R5 million will be used to refurbish Manaye Hall and convert it into a museum, similar to that of the Albert Luthuli Museum in KwaDukuza.

The Manaye Hall, previously known as the Arya Samaj Hall, is housed at the Zibukezulu Secondary School in Imbali and was the venue for the historic All Africa Summit where Nelson Mandela made a surprise appearance and speech before being arrested just outside Howick in 1962.

Negotiations have already started with the city’s two museums about the management of the proposed Manaye museum.

The summit was attended by Mandela in 1961 and served as the last platform he spoke at as a free man before being arrested and imprisoned on Robben Island.

“The success of this venture will enhance and contribute to tourism in the Greater Edendale area,” read the report.

Msunduzi municipality believes once the precinct is completed, it will enable private sector investment and address public transport issues.

“This will facilitate a safe and secure environment in which people and students feel safe to live and work in, as well as an environment conducive for investment,” according to the report.

The city’s executive committee agreed to the signing of a memorandum of understanding between the municipality and Cogta. Thereafter business plans will be prepared to outline the activity work programme.

A project steering committee will also be elected and a progress report will be given to Cogta every month once the project begins.

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