Beach parking lot gets a facelift

2016-12-22 06:01
The proud sponsors of the material used for the wall are Jean Osborne and Johnny Raath of Port Shepstone Precast.

The proud sponsors of the material used for the wall are Jean Osborne and Johnny Raath of Port Shepstone Precast.

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MEMBERS of the Umtwentweni Ratepayers Association, sponsors and Ray Nkonyeni Municipality representatives gathered at the Umtentweni beach last Thursday morning to unveil its newly revamped parking lot.

The association did all the work themselves without asking for any help from the municipality. Chairman Selvan Chetty said they felt that the parking lot was small and something had to be done before welcoming holiday makers.

“As ratepayers we got into a strategic partnership with our sponsors who responded very quickly when we made the call. In two weeks, the designs were done by Liela Edwards, while Port Shepstone Precast was more than willing to donate the material needed. Our other sponsor Arthur Edwards took his time and personally built the restraining wall up.”

Chetty said another sponsor was Solly Desai who sponsored paint and Hedley Van der Merwe sponsored indigenous plants to beautify the surroundings.

Ray Nkonyeni Municipality mayor Nomusa Mqwebu said she was very pleased that the community got together for this project and said she hoped other communities will be inspired by this and start working together as well.

“I would like to thank all the sponsors for showing the spirit of Ubuntu,” said Mqwebu.

The ratepayers informed the mayor that a CCTV camera system has been installed in various parts of Umtemtweni to help curb crime, and also how residents have collaborated with the SAPS to keep the area safe and clean.

They requested that an arrangement be made to link the camera system to the municipality’s one.

A skateboard rink was among other things discussed at the meeting of which municipal manager Max Mbili said the ratepayers should send him a formal proposal.

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