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Multi-million rand M13/Essex upgrade opens during Transport Month

The newly-opened M13 Highway/ Essex Terrace Interchange.

As part of Transport Month launch activities, KwaZulu-Natal Premier Sihle Zikalala joined by eThekwini Mayor, Cllr Mxolisi Kaunda and the MEC for Transport, Community Safety and Liaison, Ms Neliswa Peggy Nkonyeni, officially opened the King Cetshwayo (M13) Highway/ Essex Terrace Interchange, situated in the Westville area in the vicinity of the Westwood Shopping Centre on Sunday, 3 October 2021. 

This infrastructure improvement project valued at R116 million was triggered by the new and future developments in the area which includes the Westwood Shopping Centre, residential developments near the shopping centre, student accommodation and the rezoning of residential properties to businesses.

During his address Mayor Cllr Kaunda, highlighted that the Interchange was highly congested with traffic due to all the activity in the vicinity. “As many motorists and public transport operators may know, this area used to be plagued by traffic congestion resulting to drivers spending a substantial amount of time on the road, because of the single lane to the mall and university campus. This infrastructure development will not only address traffic issues but open up business opportunities around the precinct.”  

The infrastructure improvement work included, two additional lanes in the underpass, a dedicated left turning lane on the M13 Western off-ramp, an additional lane on the M13 Western on-ramp and additional lanes along the University Road. 

The construction project created professional development, skills sharing and economic growth for small businesses and for local people from Ward 30 and surroundings community. During the 20-month project a total of R21 million was allocated to subcontracting opportunities, with 41 local contractors benefiting, 140 full time job opportunities created and 62 people received short term employment. These employment opportunities were in access of R10 million.

Cllr Kaunda expressed his gratitude to the stakeholders that were involved in the project. These included, the custodians of the M13 the KwaZulu-Natal Department of Transport, Telkom, Transnet, MTN, Neotel, Dark fibre, DFA – Existing services, Ward Councillor, Ward Committee, Community and local businesses, Business forums, Taxi Associations and Military Veterans. “For any project to be a success, fruitful inter-governmental relations and private stakeholder engagements are crucial. I am delighted that all stakeholders fully cooperated to ensure that this valuable infrastructure development is completed successfully.”




ETA hosts 8th annual conference

As part of the transport month activities, the eThekwini Transport Authority (ETA) held its 8th Annual Conference at the Durban International Convention Centre on Tuesday, 19 October 2021.  This year’s conference was hosted under the theme: New World Transportation: Resilient, Efficient and Innovative through leadership and collaboration.

Led by the Head ETA, Thami Manyathi, the multi-seminar and networking conference was attended by approximately 130 ETA staff members. 

The conference provides the opportunity to reflect on the unit’s achievements and successes, as well as some of the challenges and service delivery issues that are being addressed in very creative and innovative ways. This platform is a safe environment for staff across all levels of the ETA to exchange ideas and impart knowledge so we can advance delivery in the city

Thami Manyathi

The programme responded to challenges of the Covid-19 pandemic, economic growth, social change, demographics and the need to become more sustainable.

Staff deliberated on a range of topics presented by their colleagues including: Traffic Signal Innovations; Incident Management for GO!Durban; Transit-Oriented Development; Second Access to the Port of Durban; The Impact of Covid-19 and 4th Industrial Revolution on Transport and Road Safety for scholars.




GO!Durban Academy stars shine bright on national stage

Ten students from the GO!Durban Academy in Inanda received their national colours at the South African Championships of the Performing Arts (SACOP) held in Rustenburg, in the North West from 1 to 10 October.

The talented students performed in the categories of singing, dancing, and acting and returned home with a tally of 20 medals (15 gold, four silver and one bronze). They also won the highest award of the competition, the Grand Champion Group Award. Furthermore, they have all qualified to be part of Team South Africa to represent the country at the World Championships in Los Angeles in July 2022.

These young stars from Inanda 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 starting 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.

In addition to musical theatre training, the Academy also stages bi-annual performances in communities.

Head of the eThekwini Transport Authority Thami Manyathi said the team’s achievement is testament to the hard work over the past three years to build the programme into the successful youth development academy that it is today.

“These young stars are ambassadors not only for the City, but KwaZulu-Natal. We are extremely proud of them. Their triumph will serve as a beacon of hope in their community and will pave the way for future students who aspire to be part of the performing arts,” he said.

Issued by eThekwini Communications unit. For media enquiries contact Spokesperson Msawakhe Mayisela 060 966 4220