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Greenlight for Sibusiso Mdakane Drive in uMlazi
​The Sibusiso Mdakane Drive Public Realm Upgrades seek to
enhance the aesthetics of uMlazi’s V-Section, creating a hub
similar to Florida Road in Morningside.
THE bustling Sibusiso Mdakane Drive in uMlazi V-Section will over the next 24 months be transformed into one of the City’s busiest and attractive business hubs. The Sibusiso Mdakane Drive Public Realm Upgrades will include landscaping, street lighting, paving, widening of pedestrian walkways and provision of informal trade kiosks.

The City’s Development and Planning Senior Professional Planner, Themba Masimula, said the upgrades seek to enhance the aesthetics of the area. “The upgrade complements the businesses that are currently located on this major collector road. Similar projects have been done in other parts of the City; like Florida Road in Morningside and Swapo Road (Broadway Road) in Durban North,” he said.

Masimula said the intention is to convert the road into a high street with a variety of businesses. He said this would encourage budding entrepreneurs to take advantage of the huge number of buyers that frequent the two businesses in the area. Over the next 24 months, uMlazi residents can expect to see contactors paving and widening pedestrian walkways and sidewalks, the removal of existing lighting and erecting new ones to improve safety, the creation of communal parking along this road to complement businesses, the setting up of new kiosks for informal traders and the installation of culverts on the stream that traverses the area.

This will be done with the aim of reducing pollution that gets dumped on the stream and subsequently ends up in the City’s blue flag beaches. Masimula said traders along the route have already been informed about the upgrade as they will be relocated for the duration of the project. “The trading area along the road reserve is now required for the relaying of electric cables and putting stormwater drains. Informal traders will be relocated during the construction period and will be brought back when their kiosks have been erected,” he said. He reassured residents that they will not be removed from their privately owned residential dwellings as the project is on the road reserve which is intended for building road infrastructure.
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