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October

2018

Upgrade and Expansion of the M13 and Essex Terrace Interchange and Bridge

Construction to upgrade and expand the M13 and Essex Terrace interchange in Ward 30 in Westville will begin in October this year.
 
According to the eThekwini Transport Authority, traffic on this interchange has increased significantly due to new developments (residential, office and shopping) that have taken place and other future developments that will take place in this area. In order to support a more fluid and efficient traffic flow through this area, the bridge on the M13 over Lincoln Terrace will be extended on both east and west bound carriageways. The on and off ramps will also be upgraded, extended and realigned to accommodate current and expected increase in traffic.
 
Devon Terrace, Lincoln Terrace, Latina Place, and Essex Terrace will also be realigned and form part of this construction contract. 
 
Traffic accommodation plans will be in place in order to minimize the inconvenience to those using the roads in the area, and some deviations are expected.
 
“We ask that people who live, work and visit this area be mindful of the construction for their own safety and the safety of those working on the roads,” says Thami Manyathi, Head of the eThekwini Transport Authority. “We ask for people’s patience, and understanding as we strive to improve our road infrastructure.”
 
 The ETA advises that commuter/ drivers using these routes start their journeys earlier, and to look at alternate routes. Notifications of deviations will be posted on the GO!Durban and eThekwini Municipality Twitter and Facebook accounts.
 
A community engagement to explain and outline the construction plans will take place at the Truro Hall,  Meerut Road in Westville on  Tuesday,  16 October at 7pm. All are welcome.
 
Construction is expected to take around 20 months.


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October

2018

The Rising Star of Mncendisi Mkhize

Mncendisi Mkhize (Middle) with his aunt and uncle.

Mncendisi Mkhize produced stellar performances on the bike at this year’s KZN Spur Schools MTB League, which resulted in his selection to represent the province at the national finals in Gauteng on the 5th and 6th of October 2018.

On Tuesday night, he was awarded “Cyclist of the Year” for Northwood School in Durban North where he enrolled at the beginning of the third term on a scholarship from the GO!Durban Cycle Academy.

“I feel very happy to win this award, it means so much to me. I’m proud to be representing Northwood School and the GO!Durban Cycle Academy at the Spur Schools MTB League Inter-Schools Finals next week,” says Mncendisi.

Mncendisi says he wasn’t expecting to be selected this year because the competition during the season was much tougher than last year where he also qualified for the national finals. This is his first year competing in the Youth category (age 15 – 16), and he is both nervous and excited for the weekend of racing.

“I think I have an advantage now because I know what to expect at the finals. But I will have to stay focused and be mentally prepared for the challenge.”

Mncendisi will be joined by his GO!Durban Cycle Academy teammate Sanele Mkhunya from Bheki High School in Inanda. Sanele competes in the Sub-Junior boys category and this will be his first time racing in the national finals.

“It is very exciting for us to see Mncendisi continuing to excel in the sport, while also adjusting to his new school environment at Northwood,” says Shaun Peschl, Programme Director of the GO!Durban Cycle Academy. “We are also proud of Sanele’s selection to the Spur Schools MTB League National finals. This validates the success and sustainability of the GO!Durban Cycle Academy programme as we strive to give more riders the opportunity to be on the start line and to produce athletes who can compete at the highest level.”

Coach Siya Njiva will accompany the KZN contingent as a chaperone in the team support crew.

“Mncendisi is much stronger now than he was last year,” says Siya. “I’m excited for the finals, I think he’s going to do well and it’s a great opportunity for him to get more national racing experience. We are focusing on training for the next week to make sure he’s ready.”

After the school holidays, the focus will shift to his school work with the aim of successfully passing his Grade 8 exams in November.


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October

2018

Local Business invests in Cycling Development

Bluff Meat Supply (BMS) has grown from humble beginnings on the Bluff in Durban in 1960 to become a significant brand in the province, now comprising 15 retail butcheries and state-of-the-art manufacturing plants that supply the country’s largest retail chains.

With a passion for serving the local community and a rich heritage of cycling, we are proud to announce that Bluff Meat Supply has become a partner of the GO!Durban Cycle Academy.

What started out as a group of cycling mates, supported by Mark Bielovich personally and later by Bluff Meat Supply (the company), BMS Cycling has established a credible reputation in the road cycling fraternity, as well as to a lesser extent in Mountain Biking and Triathlons over the past seven years, as a KZN-based top amateur age group squad.

This year, BMS Cycling took a decision to not only focus on their own racing achievements, but to also make a meaningful difference in cycling development. As a proudly KZN business and team, a partnership with the GO!Durban Cycle Academy provides them with the perfect opportunity to give back to the community.

BMS will support the grassroots development of the academy as well as the top riders in the programme who will become the pro-am team and who will benefit from mentorship and social integration with the BMS Cycling team.

“We will help fuel them with the BMS competitive spirit, imparting knowledge and experience where appropriate, and try to get them to hold our wheel!” Bielovich says enthusiastically.

“Our ambition is to support and help prepare these young boys and girls for the world stage. For BMS Cycling to positively impact the future of South African cycling, from our roots in KZN, will be most gratifying.”

Shaun Peschl, Programme Director of the GO!Durban Cycle Academy and Director of Peschl Sports is also thrilled at the partnership.

“We are very excited to welcome Mark and his team to the academy family as we take the next step in this journey together. We have always had the vision of expanding our partner network and we believe that with the support of local businesses like Bluff Meat Supply, we will only grow from strength to strength. The mentorship that BMS Cycling will offer our team will provide them with valuable support and insight into a professional set up and we would like to thank them for offering their time and resources to invest in our young talent in this way.”