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7

October

2019

Female Cyclist Nominated for KZN Sport Awards

13 year old Aphiwe Goge lit up the cycling field with her speed and technical ability this year. She has made her mark as a versatile rider who is able to excel in multiple disciplines, and this has earned her a nomination as a finalist for the Newcomer of the Year category at the 2019 Kwa-Zulu Natal Sport Awards.

Aphiwe Goge. Photo Credit TCMphotography

The award nomination is based on Aphiwe’s extraordinary performances on the bike between August 2018 – July 2019, including her first race win at the 2nd round of the KZN XCO Lap Challenge Series and a 4th place finish in her first national competition at the SA XCO Cup #5 in Pietermaritzburg (Sub-Junior Female). Her skills are not limited to the XCO circuit either. She competes in various MTB disciplines, including MTB marathon, Downhill, and Enduro.

Aphiwe is the youngest member of Velosolutions Izimbali, a women’s cycling team produced from riders of the GO!Durban Cycle Academy and specifically dedicated to the development of young black female cyclists as a #pumpforpeace initiative by Velosolutions.

Although she is not eligible to race in the Red Bull Pump Track World Championships due to her age (minimum criteria is 16 years), she travelled with the team to Roma, Lesotho in March this year and competed in the unofficial u16 race, placing 2nd behind a 15-year old local rider.

“I learned to cycle at 5 years old when my dad first introduced me to a bike. He motivated me to join the GO!Durban Cycle Academy in August 2017 as he could see the passion I have for cycling and he knew the bike park is safe and I would learn more,” Aphiwe explains of her cycling journey.

“I love cycling because it fulfils me and it is the one thing that completes me. When I’m on a bike I feel fearless, happy and powerful, like I can take over the world!”

Aphiwe is not only a talented cyclist, but she is also an inspiration to other young girls in her community, encouraging them to learn to cycle. “I think more girls must come and join GO! Durban Cycle Academy because we don’t only learn about cycling, but we also learn different values and they even help us with school work,” she concludes.

“We are incredibly proud of Aphiwe and her achievements which have led to this award nomination,” says Shaun Peschl, Programme Director of the GO!Durban Cycle Academy and Team Manager of Velosolutions Izimbali. “It is incredible for us to have one of our riders recognised at the top provincial level. We believe that she will continue to be a positive brand ambassador for the programme and we also look forward to more nominations for our young riders in the future!”

The KZN Sport Awards take place on Saturday, 12 October 2019.

 

Aphiwe Goge on course at the first round of the KZN XCO Lap Challenge Series. Photo Credit QuickPix.

Sub Junior Girls Podium at the 2019 KZN MTB XCO Champs. Photo Credit QuickPix


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.