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17

October

2019

City takes road safety programme to schools

Creating an active and enjoyable learning environment is one of the approaches through which eThekwini Municipality is familiarizing learners with road safety, in an effort to reduce death tolls on South African roads.

The current statistics of fatalities on the country’s roads every year was recently announced by Minister of Transport Fikile Mbalula where it emerged that 14 000 fatalities were recorded in the last financial year, costing the country R166 billion.

As part of the City’s pledge to save lives, eThekwini Transport Authority’s (ETA) school road safety awareness campaign is underway.

ETA officials, Metro Police and the City’s road safety ambassadors visited 10 schools between 7 and 16 October. During the programme, learners were taught the basics of road safety such as the correct procedure to follow when crossing the road and using public transport; in a fun, stimulating and memorable manner.

Schools located on the Corridor 3 route from Pinetown to Bridge City in KwaMashu were targeted as there is going to be a lot of activity with the GO!Durban programme.

According to ETA Head Thami Manyathi, creating an active and fun learning environment is critical to ensure a lasting and unforgettable education experience. “I was pleased that the learners portrayed eagerness to learn and were asking questions during the sessions.”

Manyathi further said there is about 800 primary schools in the eThekwini area and ETA plans to continue hosting such campaigns as this is envisaged to have a positive impact in increasing road safety awareness and in reducing child pedestrian accidents.

Furthermore, partnering with the South African National Taxi Council and other law enforcement agencies, ETA will also during this month conduct the road safety initiative in various taxi ranks to continue with the informative sessions aimed at changing drivers’ mindsets in a bid to decrease road crashes.


12

August

2019

TRAFFIC ACCOMMODATION PLAN FOR THE PERMANENT CLOSURE OF THE LINK ROAD BETWEEN CUMNOR GARDENS AND MR577 DINKELMAN ROAD FROM 23 AUGUST 2019

Motorists, commuters, pedestrians, public transport operators and residents in the Pinetown, New Germany, Wyebank, KwaDabeka, Clermont and Newlands areas are advised of the permanent closure of the link road between Cumnor Gardens and Dinkelman Road (MR577); for further construction of the new 11th Avenue interchange that will allow surrounding communities ease of access to the GO!Durban Bus Rapid Transit system.

The roads affected are: Dinkelman Road (MR577) North & South bound traffic that want to access Cumnor Gardens from MR577 and the traffic that want to access MR577 from Cumnor Gardens.

Traffic accommodation plans have been put in place and motorists are advised to familiarise themselves with these and proceed with caution on these alternate routes. Drivers are advised that this alternate route is through a residential area with schools, and should proceed carefully. Residents and pedestrians in the alternate route areas are advised to be mindful of the increase in traffic from this week onwards.

Vehicles travelling from the North – that is from Wyebank / KwaDabeka / Newlands and then along MR577 Dinkelman Road are to Continue South to the Shepstone Road / Otto Volek Road / Posselt Road Intersection and then to Turn right onto Shepstone Road and continue for 1260m.

Turn right onto Regent Street, and then turn right onto Sander Road and Continue on Sander Road for 1400m.

Turn right onto Westermeyer Road and continue to the stop street. Turn Right onto Berkshire Drive and continue for 200m. Turn left onto Cumnor Gardens.

Vehicles travelling from Cumnor Gardens to Dinkelman Road:

Continue on Cumnor Gardens and turn left onto Berkshire Drive. Continue South on Berkshire Drive to the Shepstone Road Intersection. Turn left onto Shepstone Road and continue to the Dinkelman Road Intersection. Turn left onto Dinkelman Road.

The eThekwini Transport Authority recommends that commuters aim to leave a little earlier than usual for their destinations to avoid any possible congestion.

 


6

June

2019

TRAFFIC ACCOMMODATION PLANS FOR THE ROAD CLOSURES – DINKELMAN & DUMISANI MAKHAYE ROADS

Motorists, commuters, pedestrians, public transport operators and residents in the Pinetown, New Germany, Wyebank, KwaDabeka, Clermont and Newlands areas are advised of the closure of Dinkelman Road (MR577) between Qashana Khuzwayo Road (Shepstone) and Wyebank Road from 05 June 2019 at 06:00 to 12 June 2019 at 18:00.

The bridge at 11th Avenue is to be demolished for further construction of the new 11th Avenue interchange that will allow surrounding communities ease of access to the GO!Durban bus rapid transit system, once operational and to Dumisani Makhaye Drive which links to the North. Traffic lanes in both directions along Dumisani Makhaye and Dinkelman Roads will be affected.

The roads affected are: Dinkelman Road (MR577) North bound from the Qashana Khuzwayo (Shepstone)/Otto Volek and Posselt Road intersection to Wyebank Road, and South Bound from Dumisani Makhaye Drive (MR577) Umgeni river to Qashana Khuzwayo (Shepstone)/Otto Volek and Posselt Road intersection.

Traffic accommodation plans have been put in place and motorists are advised to familiarise themselves with these and proceed with caution on these alternate routes. Drivers are advised that this alternate route is through a residential area with schools, and should proceed carefully. Residents and pedestrians in the alternate route areas are advised to be mindful of the increase in traffic over this week.

Vehicles travelling from the North to Pinetown will be diverted as follows:

From the Wyebank Bridge turn left into Wyebank Road, then right onto Khululeka Drive, then immediately right into Zazi Road. After 1.2km turn right into 11th Avenue and join Dinkelman Road.

Vehicles travelling from Pinetown to Wyebank/KwaDabeka/Newlands and onwards will be diverted as follows:

There is no North access from the Qashana Khuzwayo (Shepstone)/ Otto Volek and Posselt Road intersection. North access will be 850m west of this intersection from Berkshire Road. Traffic will be diverted here and will be routed right into Cumnor Gardens Road, and then after 1.2km will access Dumisani Makhaye Drive (MR577 North).

Vehicles joining Dinkelman Road from Cumnor Gardens will only be able to turn left onto the north bound carriageway and barriers will be placed in the median to prevent cars from turning right.

Motorists are also advised that the 11th Avenue bridge is being demolished between 5 and 12 June, for the construction of the new interchange, and that they will need to use alternate routes until the new bridge is opened to traffic.

The eThekwini Transport Authority recommends that commuters aim to leave a little earlier than usual for their destinations to avoid congestion.