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Business teams up with Isiphingo renewal team
THE City’s multidisciplinary task team responsible for the renewal of Isiphingo met with Toyota SA on 25 October to address challenges that arose after the recent heavy storms. The meeting follows recent engagements between top executives from the automotive giant and the City to pave the way for good relations.

During the recent storms, industries in the Prospection area, where Toyota SA is situated suffered major flooding, damage, loss of property and production amounting to millions of rand. A tour of problem areas was conducted where blockages in the canal were pointed out. The Isiphingo River mouth and estuary was also visited where discussions ensued about coastal engineering. The
City conducts monthly canal clean-ups and checks silt level every three months at 50 meter intervals. Once the silt reaches 400ml it is removed to ensure free flow of water and prevent flooding.

The tour also included a visit to one of Toyota’s suppliers, MSSL Global RSA Module Engineering
Limited where the flood damage was evident. Senior Vice President for Corporate Services at
Toyota SA Suben Moodley said the Prospection Plant is a strategic plant for the company globally, adding that its sustainability is important. “Toyota SA aims to become the mother plant for Africa, therefore stability in supply is important.

We hope to establish a strong collaboration with our communities, including the Municipality, to ensure continuity of our business.” Moodley explained that the company has suffered at least two floods in a year in recent years, saying this has cost Toyota SA about R63m in production loss.

The City has committed to work with Toyota SA to review the storm water management capability in the area. The City’s Water and Sanitation Unit Head Ednick Msweli said the City will immediately clean-up and unblock the canals, adding that the City’s drainage system meets world standards.
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