MAKHABELENI residents were very happy to hear from Umvoti speaker councillor W. Khoza that the electrification project is set to resume. The contractor was re-introduced to residents by the speaker at a meeting at Mkhondeni on April 20. The project had been halted due to the municipality and Cogta having to finalise the administrative process for phase two of the electrification project.The project was due to resume on Monday, April 23, and is earmarked to be finished on October 30. The community members of Makhabeleni are urged to co-operate and observe any construction warnings put up by contractors for the safety of the community. Furthermore, parents and guardians must warn children against climbing on moving contractor vehicles.Entembisweni residents were also pleased at the prompt reaction to their problems from the municipal officials.Last Tuesday, the taxi association launched protest action over the lack of progress in the building of the road D77.This road, which is a provincial road under the Department of Transport, is a route used by a high volume of taxis and as such, the taxi association felt it should be given high priority.Due to the urgency of the matter, Umvoti Mayor T.C. Ngubane attended the protest in an attempt to quell the fire as the issue of this road was already attended to at the IDP road show held in Ntembisweni last week. Although the mayor had not given time lines at the road show, he had made it clear that plans and a budget for this road had already been approved.After much discussion, a conclusion was reached that the mayor would return with a team from the DOT on May 18 to initiate discussions and start building plans.Due to the fact that the wheels had been set in motion for this project before the protest, the mayor surpassed the expectations of the protestors by returning with a delegation the very next day. The DOT has since effectively begun the process of surveying the road and inspecting the sand to be used. A budget that is estimated at about R25 million has been set aside specifically for this project and will be utilised once due processes have been followed.— Issued by Siqalokuhle Media on behalf of uMvoti Municipality.