RNM celebrates success at first Council meeting

2018-02-08 06:00
Traffic lights will be installed at the Orange Rock Road and Marine Drive intersection in St Michaels soon. PHOTO: omega moagi

Traffic lights will be installed at the Orange Rock Road and Marine Drive intersection in St Michaels soon. PHOTO: omega moagi

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RAY Nkonyeni municipality held its first Council meeting for the year on Tuesday.

The media briefing following the meeting highlighted several of the municipality’s recent successes, including the qualified clean audit report, a successful festive season, the inaugural beach picnic at St Michaels this weekend as well as the installation of traffic lights at St Michaels Knoxgore and Marine Drive intersection.

Ray Nkonyeni has collaborated with Eyadini Lounge in the organising of the beach picnic, which will be a two-day event set to bring an array of nationally acclaimed artists and provide employment to 200 people.

“Ray Nkonyeni Municipality is pleased to learn that by January 26, almost 80% of local accommodation establishments were booked for this particular weekend, which attests to the belief that such events do boost the local economy which is mostly dependent on tourism.

“Local people are also encouraged to support this event,” said RNM Mayor Nomusa Mqwebu.

Mqwebu said the municipality is in a position to celebrate a fairly successful festive season, as all areas within the municipality had most of the municipal essential services provided in a satisfactory manner.

Also, public safety was ensured through constant patrols and other avenues of law enforcement. However, there were concerns over the high number of road accidents during the season, which Mqwebu attributed to negligence and other errors by motorists and the public.

The mayor also announced the installation of traffic lights at the intersection of Orange Rock Road and Marine Drive in St Michaels. The area had a number of accidents during the festive season, including one where 13 minibus taxi passengers were injured on December 7, 2017. The project will be undertaken in collaboration with the Department of Transport as Marine Drive is a provincial road monitored by the department.

The tender process for the project is complete and work is expected to commence in the coming weeks.

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