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City's investment boost uMlazi economic hub
​New parking bays provided by eThekwini Municipality to
reduce traffic congestion at Sibusiso Mdakane drive in uMlazi.
THE upgrade of the bustling Sibusisiso Mdakane Drive in uMlazi, which began in 2018 with the aim of transforming one of the City’s busiest township economic hubs, is nearing completion.

The hub is surrounded by popular entertainment eateries, like Max’s Lifestyle and Eyadini Lounge The City invested R21 million in this project which involves the upgrading of the public realm including landscaping, street lighting, paving and widening of pedestrian walkways.

Project Manager from the Municipality’s Economic Development and Investment Promotion Unit Dudu Ntombela said as part of the project, over 50 communal parking bays for both establishments’
customers have been created along this road. Bus lanes along the precinct have also been provided to promote safety.

Ntombela said this first phase of the project is expected to be 100 percent complete by early next year. Thereafter the City will start planning for the precinct road resurfacing upgrade to also kickstart in 2020. During the sod turning ceremony in 2018, the Municipality’s Economic Development and Planning Deputy City Manager Phillip Sithole had remarked that the upgrades sought to enhance the aesthetics of the area. “The upgrade seeks to complement the businesses that are currently located on this major collector.

Similar projects have been done in other parts of the City, like Florida Road in Morningside and Swapo Road in Durban North and have been a success in term of attracting new business and boosting the local economy.”

The upgrade has inspired nearby attractions to revamp their establishments which has given the area a complete new look. EThekwini Mayor Councillor Mxolisi Kaunda recently officiated at the launch of the multimillion rand facelift at Max’s Lifestyle Village.

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