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UMlazi new access road
​A new access road in uMlazi was constructed by Municipal
employees, saving the Municipality millions.
IN AN effort to advance the delivery and maintenance of roads and stormwater infrastructure, employees from the Roads and Stormwater uMlazi East Depot offi cially launched a new 400 metre access road with sidewalks on 7 December.

The road was constructed over two months by employees from the depot, saving the Municipality over R2 million. Moses Cele, a Superintendent within the Depot, explained the need for the road. He said they are expected to attend to urgent situations such as unblocking stormwater drains caused by flooding or repairing roads causing traffic congestion. “The initiative resulted after employees couldn’t be where they needed to be on time due to congestion as over 40 trucks from the East and West Depot utilise one access road.” Cele said there was an additional delay at Sibusiso Mdakane Drive near the busy entertainment establishments.

Speaking about the new road, Cele said they used about R400 000 for material which greatly saved the Municipality. “We did everything by the book as per the roads bylaws, from the plan to how steep the road must be and the traffic signs required,” he said.

Senior Manager from the Department Thomas Maduraimuthu said he is proud and feels privileged to lead such a committed and visionary team. “I salute them for successfully heeding the Municipal leadership’s call urging employees to come up with innovative ideas to unlock the bottlenecks of service delivery.”

Maduraimuthu said when his team presented this brilliant idea of turning an unattended road into an access road, he didn’t think twice and offered his full support. “What is even more impressive is that this project didn’t affect the employees day to day operations as they utilised their lunch time and after hours to perform this task,” he said.
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