The rehabilitation of the parking and traffic flow servicing the area along Qashana Khuzawyo Road, between the Escomb Road and Blase Road intersections in New Germany, is now complete. Parking and traffic here has, for some time, been disrupted due to the widening of Qashana Khuzwayo Road to make way for the dedicated bus lane running in the median, and the construction of the pilot station for GO!Durban (the City’s new integrated rapid public transport network (IRPTN)). The new system’s first route from Pinetown to KwaMashu is earmarked for completion in 2018.
According to the eThekwini Transport Authority (ETA), the new configured parking plan allows for an easier flow of traffic with angled parking bays and provision made for more efficient loading areas for this busy shopping and business hub.
Thami Manyathi, Head of the ETA, says that the new GO!Durban system with the new station at Regent Street, will result in increased foot traffic, bringing critical mass to this area and the promise of economic spin-off for these businesses.
As part of the City’s Transport Month initiatives, Mayor, Cllr. Zandile Gumede, unveiled the new Cartwright Taxi Rank. The state-of-the-art rank is situated alongside Charlotte Maxeke Street. Speaking at the official opening, the Mayor said that the rank would give our commuters back their dignity.
The taxi rank boasts modern design with dedicated ablutions for people with disabilities, baby changing facilities, vehicle washing stalls which will house small business vendors.
The entire rank is secured by fencing with lockable sliding gates and tarred floors.
During the construction, over R600 000 was spent on sub-contractors to ensure the SMME development and local economic development was in line with radical economic transformation principles.
Job opportunities for local people were created to ensure local economic empowerment and job creation.
“Rank users and the public at large need to safeguard this rank and all other municipal public facilities from vandalism. The City is incurring billions of rands in debt to fix and repair vandalised facilities. This limits our ability to invest and provide new facilities to all 110 municipal wards,”said The Mayor.
Three youngsters from Inanda, enrolled in the GO!Durban Cycle Academy, have been selected to participate in national interprovincial final of the Spur Schools Mountain Bike League at Bekker High School in Magaliesberg, Gauteng this weekend.
eThekwini Municipal Mayor, Cllr Zandile Gumede, handed Kusaselihle Ngidi (17) from Siyajabula High School, Mncedisi Mkhize (14) and Lungani Mbambo (16) both from Mbheki Secondary School, their official GO!Durban team blazers ahead of their departure with their coach Siyabonga Njiva, and 19 other KZN cyclists. They are 3 of 400 riders representing 60 schools from the Southern African region.
Coach Jika explained to the Mayor that the Spur Schools MTB League is the largest high school cycling programme in the world, and these youngsters had a fair chance of doing exceptionally well.
The Cycle Academy is a development programme within GO!Durban – the new integrated public transport system which will eventually link the City through dedicated bus lanes, rail routes and a system of walkways and cycle lanes for non-motorised transport such as cycling.
The academy was launched in January 2016 and is based within cycle parks – the first at eNanda Adventure Park, and then one in KwaMashu and another in KwaDabeka, now boasting approximately 300 participants who go to the parks after school to learn to ride after having completed their homework under supervision.
The Mayor congratulated the boys on their achievement and wished them well for the race. “We are very proud of you. Go do your best!” she said.