Parking woes at newly-built tourism hub

2014-09-25 00:00

OFFICE space in the newly-built Msunduzi Tourism Hub is filling up, but this has created parking problems in the city hall precinct.

A full council sitting was told that the 15 bays allocated for parking for the hub were insufficient. Council on Tuesday approved the use of the public parking space behind the Bessie Head Library for the Tourism Hub. However, this is a situation that will be reviewed to ensure that public parking in the city centre is not compromised.

Msunduzi acting tourism manager Phumlani Gumede said in a report to council that there were supposed to be two parking bays per office and that the hub consisted of 20 offices excluding the craft hub. He added that there would also have to be parking space for visitors to the centre.

Besides Msunduzi Tourism, the Umgungundlovu Community Radio Station is now based at the Hub as well as Xolisisizwe, an events management company. The Small Enterprise Development Agency (SEDA) is soon to have an office there and a coffee shop will be opening shortly. Councillors were told that a lease agreement had already been signed.

Parking problems around the city hall precinct were highlighted when councillors themselves said they battled to get parking space in the council parking lot. They called for stricter controls by the security at the boom gates.

Council also approved the establishment of an interim Msunduzi Tourism Advisory Board. (see below for details on the members).


Msunduzi Tourism Advisory Board: Who’s Who

MacDonald Chitja: Attorney and director at Stowell & Company; chairperson of the Comrades Marathon Association.

Brian Zuma: Marketing and communications Manager for Maritzburg United.

Umi Khan: Centre manager of the Midlands Liberty Mall

Professor Rob Fincham: Emeritus Professor at the University of KwaZulu-Natal and founding trustee of the Msunduzi Innovation and Development Institute. He is currently involved in the State of the City Project.

Alec Lenferna: Event director and overall coordinator of large sporting events including the recent international cycling events in the city.

Melanie Veness: CEO of the Pietermaritzburg Chamber of Business (PCB) and former director of Pietermaritzburg Tourism.

Paris Dlamini: Businessman and PCB board member.

Des Morgan: Chairperson of the Midlands Bed and Breakfast Association.

Paul Laing: Marketing expert and owner of Wow Marketing Services.

Bunny Bhoola: Managing director of African Link Tours and former chairperson of the KZN chapter of the Southern Africa Tourism Services Association (Satsa).

Dave Dixon: businessman and Comrades Marathon Association board member.

Chris Buwer: General manager of Comrades Marathon Association.

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