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Business impressed with Isiphingo renewal plan
​THE BUSINESS sector in Isiphingo and the Prospecton area has welcomed eThekwini Municipality’s Isiphingo regeneration programme following a successful meeting on 9 November where the Municipality presented its detailed rejuvenation plans.

Head of the Development Planning and Environment Management Unit Musa Mbhele presented the City’s success since the multidisciplinary team to renew the area began operating at the end of July. He also provided information on future developmental plans. Mbhele said the programme is unique as it entails enforcement coupled with development projects to get Isiphingo back to its former glory.

Besides the enforcement and management of bad buildings, some of the development projects identified include the relocation of the Isiphingo Transit Camp, construction of a drug rehabilitation centre, an automotive hub for emerging mechanics, reorganisation of informal traders and taxi ranks, reconfiguration of the storm water infrastructure and the establishment of a Keep Isiphingo Clean Association.

Isiphingo is at the heart of a major manufacturing hub, the South Durban Basin. It has transit oriented development opportunities and is one of the highest growing secondary towns. Mbhele said illegal informal trading, littering, damaged infrastructure, lack of compliance to health, town planning and building regulations, illegal water and electricity connections and illegal dumping are issues that City officials address on a daily basis.

Mbhele called on the business community to partner with the City in its quest to renew the Isiphingo urban centre. Durban Chamber of Commerce and Industry Chairman of the Southern Region, Gladwin Malishe said: “Business is impressed with the City’s efforts to regenerate the area. This engagement has been informative and fruitful as business representatives offered to join forces with the City on future programmes.

This indicated that they are prepared to take responsibility for their area.” Ward Councillor Sunil Brijmohan said: “The willingness for business to partner with the City is a significant step as it gives more impetus to the renewal of the area and encourages everybody to take ownership. Solving problems in the area will make it more conducive to business growth, thereby creating more employment.” 
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