Developments worth R3,3 bln planned for Msunduzi in 2013

2012-12-31 00:00

MSUNDUZI municipality will be sprucing up in a big way next year, from upgrading public transport to telephone and Internet connectivity, plus a few facelifts.

Municipal manager Mxolisi Nkosi announced that major projects in 2013 would include:

• A R3 billion integrated rapid transport network that would initially create more than 1 000 permanent jobs and twice that figure during the construction phase later in the year.

• A R300 million optic fibre cable network throughout the Msunduzi area to improve connectivity.

• The PMB Urban Renewal Programme, costing more than R45 million over the next 12 months.

This, Nkosi said, would create more than 1 000 temporary jobs and about 20 permanent jobs. After the initial 12 months, there would be a monthly R2 million investment in the project, which would sustain about 100 temporary jobs.

• Liberty Midlands Mall extension, a privately driven project.

“With the final sale of the remaining piece of land to the Liberty group, we believe that the expansion will finally take off some time next year and benefit not only Pietermaritzburg but the entire region,” he said.

• Hayfield Super Spar — another private initiative, which was approved by the municipality but had to be stopped due to public objections.

“With the appeals tribunal now in place, we are hoping that the project will be cleared and allowed to develop with speed.

“Since this is privately driven, we are unable to determine the number of job opportunities,” said Nkosi.

• PMB waterfront development — another private initiative that is awaiting environmental assessment approval.

“We are looking forward to it with excitement and have no doubt that it will change the face of the region, Nkosi said.

“Although the number of job opportunities cannot be ascertained, projects of this kind create just over a thousand permanent jobs.”

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