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GO!Durban Academy stars showcase talent at benefit concert

The immense talent eThekwini youth possess was showcased during a musical theatre benefit concert hosted by the eThekwini Transport Authority on Monday, 4 July at the Inkosi Albert Luthuli International Convention Centre.

The stars from the GO!Durban Academy in Inanda demonstrated why they were selected to represent South Africa abroad. They impressed attendees with their singing, dancing, and acting performances.

The youngsters have all qualified to be part of Team South Africa to represent the country at the World Championships in Los Angeles in July. This comes after they received their national colours at the South African Championships of the Performing Arts (SACOP) competition held in Rustenburg in October last year.

During his address, Deputy Mayor and Human Settlements and Infrastructure Committee, Cllr. Philani Mavundla said: “Further to the training in acting, singing. and dancing; this programme has had an incredibly positive impact on the students as well as their families, schools, and communities. The academy stages bi-annual performances in local communities which uses the language of music and dance to convey important messages on topics such as road safety, environmental awareness, hygiene and nutrition. Each show is an original production, written and composed by the coaches of the programme.”

Participants have been trained and developed by the GO!Durban Musical Theatre Programme, a youth development initiative by the eThekwini Transport Authority. The programme is a branch of the GO!Durban Academy and offers free weekly classes in singing, acting, and dancing in the communities of Inanda, KwaMashu, and KwaDabeka.

Since being established in 2018, the programme has grown from strength to strength, unearthing new talent and producing stars in the performing arts. There are currently 85 youth enrolled across the three locations. The programme employs 20 local coaches, administrative staff, and interns.





The City’s Transport Authority scooped an award and two commendation certificates for two projects at the prestigious Fulton Awards gala function held in Johannesburg on Friday, 10 June. 

The Fulton Awards are hosted every two years, a celebration of the Southern African concrete construction industry to recognise and honour excellence in the design, use and innovation in concrete.

The EThekwini Transport Authority (ETA) brought home an award for the infrastructure of under R100 million category for the Umhlatuzana River Bridge Modification and two commendation certificates for Essex Terrace / M13 Bridge Modification for the categories: infrastructure of under R100 million and innovation and invention in concrete. 

For the Umhlatuzana River Bridge project, the judges applauded the team for, “the unique solution that overcame extensive challenges to save a large part of the bridge while causing limited damage to the existing habitat”. The road bridge (links Seaward Road in Clairwood with Sarnia in Pinetown) was severely damaged during the 2019 KwaZulu Natal floods. 

The Essex Terrace / M13 Bridge infrastructure improvement project was triggered by the significant urban development in the neighbourhood which necessitated additional lane capacity through the surrounding interchange. 

In their citation the judges indicated that, “This project used several experimental solutions to support a design rationale that directly addressed sustainability concerns. It also involved some boldly progressive and effective responses to the aesthetic challenges associated with modification of an existing structure”. 

Head of ETA, Thami Manyathi said, “We are thrilled with the accolades awarded to our team. Winning awards of such caliber is testimony that we have some of the best engineering experts in our team. So much creativity and technical thinking goes into coming up with the best engineering solutions for projects of this nature. It is delightful that their hard work is recognized and honoured”. 

An exciting addition was the announcement of the 2022 winners of the Fulton Awards being entered in the American Concrete Institute’s Excellence in Concrete Construction Awards, as the projects compare favorably world class projects. The annual awards gala, with announcement of winners, will be held in Dallas, Texas, on Monday, October 24, 2022.





The eThekwini Transport Authority urges for co-operation from local residents and motorists and recommends that commuters/drivers seek and make use of alternative routes, should they wish to avoid any possible inconvenience.

Motorists, commuters, public transport operators and residents’ in and around the M21/Palmfield road area are advised of closure of the M21/Palmfield intersection. The public may access the inner/surroundings roads via Willowfield Crescent as indicated on the map below from 21June 2022 to 30 August 2022.  

This will allow storm water road crossings, Sasol gasline protection, road widening work to be carried out.

The City will keep the inconvenience as minimal as possible. Motorists are advised to familiarise themselves with the traffic accommodation plans as detailed on the map provided and proceed with caution.