3 July 2016
Township Renewal: Bringing Services and Economic Opportunities to the People of KwaMashu
EThekwini Municipality is committed to improving the lives of all its residents. In this vein, the City has committed itself to township renewal by taking service delivery to the people by bringing infrastructural development and economic opportunities right to their doorstep.
KwaMashu is one area that has seen much development in the rollout of service delivery. Two projects that have recently been completed and will have a drastic impact on the community include the KwaMashu Station Traders Market and the Phoenix, Inanda, Ntuzuma and KwaMashu (PINK) Furniture Incubator.
KwaMashu is part of the PINK area which is situated 30 kilometres north of the City centre and comprises a mix of formal residential townships and informal settlements.
The PINK area has been identified as a critical development node as part of the Urban Renewal Programme intended to co-ordinate, facilitate and align development delivery as rapidly as possible.
The rollout of projects such as the KwaMashu Station Traders Market building which has been completed and will officially be launched soon, is one way of achieving this goal. The upgraded facility provides an improved trading environment to boost the informal trading sector in the community.
The PINK Furniture Incubator, situated at Crossroads, the intersection of Malandela Road and Curnick Ndlovu Highway formerly known as KwaMashu Highway, is an innovative idea to promote small businesses, which play a major role in contributing to the economy at Crossroads near Bridge City.
A factory building has been made available to small businesses who can rent one of 20 incubators to operate from the factory. These businesses are able to rent time on expensive machinery that large furniture manufacturing companies usually only have access to. Several of the incubators have already been occupied. Aspirant furniture makers are urged to make the most of this opportunity as it provides a platform for small businesses to compete on the same level as larger furniture manufacturers. The City invested R35 million in the project.
The building has recently been completed and will also be officially launched soon.
Access to services is high on the City’s agenda which is why the upgrading of roads has been prioritised in KwaMashu. A number of upgrades have taken place which includes the upgrade of Bhejane Road with pavements and a traffic circle.
A further connection is currently underway, extending the road under Curnick Ndlovu Highway to Phoenix Industrial Park. The City has committed R24 million towards this project. Following a request from residents, speed humps were constructed in Ingome Road in KwaMashu.
Bridge City Mall is situated in the heart of KwaMashu and was opened to service the growing population in the area. At the same time it provided economic opportunities for the community through job creation. The R740 million, two-level shopping centre covers around 40 000sqm, which translates into roughly 150 retail spaces.
Health has also been prioritised in the area by the provincial Department of Health. The KwaMashu Community Health Centre Clinic was opened recently to service the needs of the community and surrounding areas. This work will be aided by the Dr Pixley ka Isaka Seme Memorial Hospital. Construction of the brand new R2.7 billion, 500 bed hospital is scheduled for completion in 2019.
Further development is planned for KwaMashu. The Crossroads project is in its planning stages but officials are hard at work to ensure work begins soon.
This project will be at the intersection of Malandela Road and Curnick Ndlovu Highway and aims to enhance public transport. This will be done through the building of a new taxi rank as well as new informal trading facilities. A platform where private investors can build and open shops is also planned for the site.
Construction of GO!Durban, eThekwini Municipality’s R22 billion integrated rapid public transport network is well underway with the development of the C3 corridor from Bridge City, in KwaMashu, to Pinetown CBD, moving ahead.
Construction has started on the dedicated public transport lanes on the MR577, a provincial road which links KwaMashu to Pinetown. Construction has also started on Josiah Gumede Road in Pinetown CBD. This trunk route will accommodate 18 transfer stations and 24 kilometres of dedicated lanes. KwaMashu will have a terminal at Bridge City.
KwaMashu also boasts legacy projects. The Princess Magogo Stadium was upgraded for the 2010 FIFA World Cup where around R90 million was invested. This includes adding change rooms and offices under the stands. The grandstands also had a complete overhaul while the field was upgraded to meet international standards. The whole area surrounding the stadium was landscaped and the stadium is still enjoyed by community members today.
To promote township tourism while fostering social cohesion through sports, the Cell C Sharks played a Currie Cup round match at the stadium, a first for the City.
The Municipality has also faced challenges in KwaMashu head on which includes crime and social ills at the KwaMashu Community Residential (CRU) units, formerly known as hostels.
The Sakhubunye Programme was launched earlier this year at the CRUs which seeks to address the social challenges faced by residents of the KwaMashu CRUs and to establish community structures that will serve as the link between the community and relevant government departments.
Issued by eThekwini Municipality’s Head of Communications, Tozi Mthethwa.
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