KwaDukuza People’s Park finally opened

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KwaDukuza Mayor Dolly Govender, iLembe District Mayor Siduduzo Gumede and KZN Cogta MEC Sipho Hlomuka during a walkabout in the upgraded KwaDukuza People’s Park on the KZN North Coast.
KwaDukuza Mayor Dolly Govender, iLembe District Mayor Siduduzo Gumede and KZN Cogta MEC Sipho Hlomuka during a walkabout in the upgraded KwaDukuza People’s Park on the KZN North Coast.

The KwaDukuza People’s Park on the KZN North Coast was opened on Tuesday, more than a year after construction was completed.

The upgrades to the park that began in November 2018 were completed in November 2020, but the park was kept locked because of Covid-19 regulations and lockdown levels not allowing for gatherings until recently.

The park, which cost more than R12 million to build, was officially opened by KZN MEC for Co-operative Governance and Traditional Affairs (Cogta) Sipho Hlomuka.

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The upgrade was funded by KZN Cogta and saw the park being upscaled with new amenities, including ablution facilities, an outdoor gym, braai areas, an amphitheatre, play areas, a giant chess board and CCTV security cameras.

KZN Cogta MEC Sipho Hlomuka tests out the outdoor gym equipment at the opening of KwaDukuza People’s Park on the KZN North Coast.

Hlomuka said the upgrade marks an important milestone for residents of KwaDukuza who will now have easy access to recreational facilities.

Speaking during the handover, KwaDukuza Mayor Dolly Govender said the opening of the park was a cause for celebration for the people of KwaDukuza.

“This park will open many opportunities for families to gather and for any social activity to take place here. This is a welcome development which we are proud of as the KwaDukuza local municipality,” said Govender.

KwaDukuza Mayor Dolly Govender and KZN Cogta MEC Sipho Hlomuka play chess during the opening of KwaDukuza People’s Park on Tuesday.

Hlomuka said the upgrade was part of strategic projects the department was investing in with the aim of rejuvenating small towns.

“As a department, we understand the importance of fighting urban decay and projects such as this help us to keep our CBDs in a state that can attract investors,” said Hlomuka.

iLembe District Mayor Siduduzo Gumede thanked the MEC and the department for the ongoing investment.

“Through your department’s investment, MEC, many small towns have improved and upgraded their infrastructure, such as taxi ranks, storm water drainage or market stalls for small traders,” said Gumede.

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