Go! Durban meeting reveals job opportunities are a priority for residents

eThekwini Transport Authority deputy head of road systems management, Carlos Esteves.

NEW Germany residents and small business owners are hoping the Go!Durban initiative will contribute to job creation.

This was revealed at a poorly attended public meeting to discuss future planning and consultation for the development of an upgraded New Germany precinct on Thursday. The meeting was one of many hosted by the City in different areas that are affected by these developments to inform residents of the progress and explain the system.

eThekwini Transport Authority deputy head of road systems management, Carlos Esteves, said they are currently working with other transport authorities to make this new system work for everyone.

 

The hall was full of empty chairs as few residents attended the meeting last Thursday.

 

“This project is a series of corridors and the first part of it runs from Pinetown through Josiah Gumede, Qashana and Bevis roads.”

“We are also looking to increase housing and employment opportunities in this area where people can live, work and have access to public transport.”

Esteves said the new transport system will link areas such as Umhlanga, KwaMashu, Phoenix and Newlands West straight to Pinetown.

“People travelling from Clermont, KwaDabeka and New Germany to Umhlanga will be able to reach their destination in 35 minutes,” he said.

Esteves said during the morning, the buses will be able to accommodate 3 000 people.

“The new system will save time as people will pay before going into the terminal to wait for buses. There will be no standing in queues because people will need to only swipe their cards,” he said.

He added that more workshops will be held in the New Germany area where there will be construction in Chelsea Road and Blase Avenue, the library and Telkom sites.

The dates have not yet been finalised.

 

 

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Sanelisiwe Tsinde
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