Major boost to uplift Vulindlela, Edendale

2008-04-10 00:00

FOR the first time in the history of the Msunduzi Municipality, more than R100 million will be spent on infrastructure projects for the Vulindlela and Edendale areas.

Mayor Zanele Hlatshwayo accompanied by councillors, amakhosi and members of the affected communities, yesterday conducted sod-turning ceremonies at three project sites where the infrastructure has already begun.

Hlatshwayo said the R114 million to be spent on infrastructure in these communities is long overdue. “It is time that the people of Edendale were given the infrastructure they deserve to live like people in the rest of the city. We cannot say we are developing as a city if there are parts of the city that are neglected,” she said.

The upgrade and development of the Edendale and Vulindlela areas is hoped to favour the city’s bid to becoming a metro. Shakes Cele, regional chairman of the ANC, encouraged the municipality, saying that once Msunduzi becomes a metro, it will be easier for government to award more funding for similar projects.

Nine roads that have been dust roads for years will be upgraded with R74 million earmarked for the Vulindlela area.

The roads project is estimated to bring employment to 200 people. Electricity and toilets are also in the pipeline, and a multi-purpose centre valued at R2,6 million is expected to be opened next year.

Hlatshwayo thanked the local amakhosi for attending the ceremonies as the project would not have been able to go ahead without their approval. “We have often heard of municipalities that have struggled to get projects off the ground in communities headed by amakhosi due to disagreements between the two parties. We are grateful that this is not the case here at Msunduzi,” she said.

Noting that five roads to be upgraded still have old names issued before democracy, Hlatshwayo suggested that the names be changed before the roads are officially opened.

A youth centre at Dambuza and a footbridge at Machibisa are also earmarked for development. A total of R1,3 million will go towards repairing and putting up streetlights in Edendale.

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