1 November Fleet Street Upgrade continues November 1, 2017 By Tabisa Mntengwana Latest News 0 BCMM residents kindly be advised that the Fleet Street section between Buffalo Street and Pontoon Road will be closed from 9am until 4pm today to allow for the emergency repairs in the said section. The Church Street detour/bypass will be operationalised to full use from effect. The City would like to apologise for any inconvenience caused. Related Fleet Street Upgrade The Metro is currently working on the Fleet Street is a project which started a few years ago with a plan to divide the works in five phases. These are - Pontoon Road to Oxford Street, Oxford to Station Streets, Station Street to Ganteaume Crescent, Ganteaume Crescent to Currie Street and Currie to Fitzpatrick Road. The City has currently completed the following areas Currie Street to Fitzpatrick Road, Currie Street to Ganteaume Crescent and Ganteaume Crescent to Station Street. 90 percent of the Southern parts of Station Street which is currently closed have been finished while work started this week on the Northern side of Cambridge Street. For those using the road to town or the Quigney area, they can use Caxton Street as an alternative route as roadworks will also commence between Station Street and the bottom of Oxford Street. The project also includes the relocation of sewerlines, water pipes, and electrical services while reconstructing Fleet Street. Other roads to be closed in the next weeks include Drury Lane near KFC downtown. The Metro has set aside R128 million on the Fleet Street upgrade. R13 million budget for street lighting The maintenance and the lack of street lights has been one of the issues raised by the resident during the draft Integrated Development Plant (IDP) and Budget roadshows. Project Manager Jean Smit said, “The aim of the project is to improve lighting levels and save energy within the areas of the Metro as well as to meet government policy of access to safe electricity for all.” In addressing the challenges faced by residents in certain areas when it is dark Smit said they have assembled a team that go at night to check the hot spots. “We have a seven day maintenance programme where there’s a spotting team that drives around at night to identify all the maintenance that needs to be done. They then submit their findings to the maintenance team to do the work in the morning.” Smit said at least 156 highmast lights have been erected and completed at the moment in the costal, inland and midland and that makes 63 percent of work that has been done.” He added that an additional 248 installations of highmast lights is anticipated to be completed in the current financial year. “The highmast lights that we install are 14 meters long to make it difficult for illegal connects and vandalism.” The programme has kicked off in three areas that include Mdantsane, Duncan Village and Dimbaza. Another project that the section is currently working on is the installation of concrete poles for the street lights along the Black Road. “Due to the vandalism that is happening in Ziphunzana Bypass. We have started installing concrete poles for the street lighting in Duncan Village, Gompo and Buffalo Flats to put a stronger electricity supply.” said Smit. However, he said illegal connections are a huge challenge in Ziphunzana and as a result three street lights are not working. “Already there are three lights in the Ziphunzana Bypass that are off due to illegal connections and electricity theft.” He said the section do not put street lights and highmast in informal settlements for safety purposes as they damage the electrical network, electricity theft and according to the law due to vandalism. “The electricity department is currently electrifying informal areas that meet the approved Council criteria.” The project has created job opportunities for BCMM residents said Smit. “BCMM residents are being employed by contractors that are hired by the Metro to do those electrification projects.” Smit added that there is not enough budget to cover all the areas of BCMM, “if we can have more budget we can do more projects.” he adds. Illegal connections have been the cause of several deaths and have caused a very unsafe working environment for the department to work.” Any electricity fault can be reported on 043 742 1437 before 8pm and after 8pm you can call the Call Centre on 043 742 2131. New traffic lights for Buffalo Street intersections Traffic lights have been installed in the busy Buffalo Street. “Buffalo Street Traffic Lights were installed to provide free flow due to the new Gillwell Mall and also to remove the congestion at Buffalo and Caxton Street intersection,” reads a Municipal Report. Resident Tandikaya Koyana said, “Although the road was deadly robots were not the solution as they could be vandalised or used for illegal electricity connections. Vehicles at intersections across the street struggle to enter because vehicles are always travelling at a high speed which is why I believe we need more speed bumps to continuously keep traffic calm.” In Mdantsane speed humps were built for the dangerous crossing on the Qumza Highway road, the 50 meters stretch has become the most deadly in the suburb. According to a Municipal Report, the long stretch takes place fortnightly and at least one life is lost a month. Four speed humps have been built to help decrease accidents as well as measure to reduce speed which allows for pedestrian crossing for passengers. Speaking on behalf of his Ward Councillor Simon Maphuka said, “I have been pleading with Buffalo City since the year 2000, I am glad something has finally been done.” “The areas that we are looking at now are the new roads that are being surfaced under the Mdantsane Project especially near schools as taxis tend to speed, hence our target is to put measures before accidents happen,” reads a Municipal Report. Major upgrades for Nahoon Estuary Nature Reserve planned Following the Executive Mayor’s visit to Germany in September this year an amount of R600 000 has been allocated for the upgrading of the Nature Reserve. The Nahoon Estuary Nature Reserve, also said to be the gem in the heart of our city was formed in 2000 by The Friends of the Nahoon Estuary. The Nature Reserve is situated on the North-East bank of the Nahoon River Mouth in East London. The official sod turning ceremony for the upgrades took place on Tuesday 11 October last week and two trees were planted on the day, as a symbol of appreciation to their long-term relationship. The ceremony began with a tour around the river called the Princess Alice Drive showcasing the beauty of the Reserve. Speaking at the ceremony Executive Mayor Xola Pakati said, “Today we are here to witness the fruits of the long sound relations between the Buffalo City Municipality and the City of Oldenburg.” “This initiative forms part of our nature conservation education programme in which we intend to educate our communities on the challenges related to the endangerment of our coastal vegetation, birds and animals,” said Pakati. Adding to that Deputy Executive Mayor Zoliswa Matana said that the Metro truly appreciates the delegation from the City of Oldenburg for the gift of a life time. “Our twining relationship just keeps on getting stronger and bigger. Development is not an event but a process, and together we can do so much more.” The City of Oldenburg will also be implementing a project of the Environmental Station Course for young people to build energy products to help save the energy. Originally the project in Oldenburg focuses on young children between the ages of 10 and 12, due to their curriculum at school. “In South Africa, you can use this project for any ages of children in school as we know that your curriculum is different from ours,” said Environmental Manager from Oldenburg Municipality Edgar Knapp. These learners can be trained to build solar panel machinery, solar cars, radios and lights to help save energy. According to Knapp, the project will soon be launched in the City soon. Road Closures During Ironman 70.3 TIME FOR ROAD CLOSURES: The N2 from Beacon Bay off ramp to Blaney intersection will be closed at 06h15 and re-opened when all the cyclists are off the N2 The N2 from Blaney intersection to the NEX off ramp will be closed at 06h30 and re-opened if all cyclist are off the N2 The 2 lanes on the North East Expressway direction Gonubie will be opened once all the cyclist are on the N2 START: CYCLE ROUTE · The race starts in the Orient Theatre parking. · The cyclists will come out at Orient Road, · Right into Currie Street, · Onto the Esplanade, · Left into Moore Street, · Right into John Baillie Road, · Left into Buffalo Park Drive, · Turn right onto the North East Expressway, · Left onto the N2 direction KWT, · Left onto Berlin off ramp, · Right at the Berlin off ramp direction Berlin Industrial Area, · Right onto the N2 on ramp direction East London, · Left at North East Expressway on ramp, · Return via the same route and finishing at the Orient Theatre car park. START: RUN ROUTE · From the transitional area the runners will run along the Esplanade, · Into Link Road, · Right into John Bailie Road, · Right into Turnberry Avenue, · along Gleneagles Road, · Right into Galway Road turning at the turning point in Galway Road and Return via the same route finishing at the Orient Pool. ROAD CLOSURES: N2 N2 direction King Williams Town at Beacon Bay off ramp on the N2 N2 at Blaney intersection direction East London on the N2 N2 on ramp at Bonza Bay Main Road direction East London N2 on ramp at North East Expressway direction King Williams Town N2 on ramp at Western Avenue interchange direction Gonubie N2 on ramp at Meadow Road direction King Williams Town Amalinda Main at N2 on ramp direction King Williams Town Amalinda Main at N2 on ramp direction Gonubie N2 on ramp at Nahoon Dam interchange direction King Williams Town N2 on ramp at Nahoon Dam interchange direction East London N2 on ramp at Fort Jackson interchange direction King Williams Town N2 on ramp at Fort Jackson interchange direction East London N2 on ramp at Berlin interchange direction King Williams Town N2 on ramp at Berlin interchange direction East London ROAD CLOSURES: NORTH EAST EXPRESSWAY: Commercial Road direction Buffalo Park Drive at Fitzpatrick North East Expressway at Bowls Road / Buffalo Park Drive Buffalo Park Drive and North East Expressway St Peters Road at Nahoon View Road North East Expressway on ramp at Pearce Street interchange direction North North East Expressway on ramp at Pearce Street interchange direction South Old Transkei Main Road and NEX on ramp direction City N2 on ramp at North East Expressway direction Gonubie (Sasol Garage) North East Expressway at Wyse Ave ROAD CLOSURES: ESPLANADE: Orient Road closed at Hillview Road Currie Street closed at Brighton Street Rhodes Street at Brighton Street Esplanade closed at Rhodes Street Esplanade closed at Quanza Street Esplanade closed at Fitzpatrick Road Esplanade closed at Clifford Street Esplanade closed at Inverleith Terrace Esplanade closed at Long Fellow Street Moore Street closed at the Holiday Inn entrance John Bailie Road closed at Mc Jannet Drive John Bailie Road closed at Turnburry Road John Bailie Road closed at Ainsdale Road LANE CLOSURE: TURNBERRY AVENUE AND GALWAY ROAD The right hand lane up Turnberry Avenue, left into Gleneagles Road and turning right into Galway Road will be closed for traffic. The left hand lane in Galway Road will be divided into two lanes. The right hand lane up Turnberry Avenue, left into Gleneagles Road and turning right into Galway Road will be closed for traffic. The left hand lane in Galway Road will be divided into two lanes. ALTERNATIVE ROUTES AS PER N2 INCIDENT MANAGEMENT SYSTEM: FROM GONUBIE TO KWT From N2 left into Beacon Bay off ramp, left into Bonza Bay Main Road, right into Batting Road, left into Old Transkei Road, right into Pearce Street, into Lukin Road, right into Oxford Street, left onto Amalinda Main Road to Voortrekker Road, left onto Voortrekker Road into R102, right at Ndevana/Ilitha Street and continue with the N2. OR From N2 left into Beacon Bay off ramp, right into Bonza Bay Main Road, right into Wyse Ave, left into Old Transkei Road, right into Pearce Street, into Lukin Road, right into Oxford Street, left into Amalinda Main Road to Voortrekker Road, left into Voortrekker Road, into R102, right at Ndevana/Ilitha Street and continue with the N2. FROM KWT TO GONUBIE From N2 right into Ilitha/Ndevana Road, left onto the R102 into Voortrekker Road, right into Amalinda Main Road, right into Oxford Street, left into Lukin Road, into Pearce Street, left into Old Transkei Road, into Batting Road, left into Bonza Bay Road, right onto the M10 and continue with the N2. Buffalo City Metro wishes all an enjoyable and safe traveling. Bursary Fund continues to change lives Raised in a low income family in NU2 Mdantsane, Tutu knew that his single mother Nombulelo Mkhokeli who works as a Nurse Assistant would not be able to afford university fees when he matriculates and that he would need a bursary to further his studies. However, Tutu admitted that he was not always been a dedicated student because during his early high school years, he had to deal with the struggles of peer pressure, that got him involved with the wrong crowd to be perceived as ‘cool’ and being mischievous. “In my first year of high school, I tried to choose my friends wisely but somewhere along the way I found myself belonging to a group where I was unable to exercise good judgment.” “Grade 11 was the hardest year for me, I had deeply succumb to peer pressure which hurt my mother a lot and one day I found myself sitting on a bathroom floor thinking about the direction my life was taking - that day I made a decision that I would refocus and dedicate all of my time to my school work and today I look back on that day and just thank God for the intervention,” he said. The turning point in the young man’s life came at the right time as he made it through Grade 12 with commendable results, obtaining a distinction in Physical Science. The Ulwazi High School former learner was one of the beneficiaries who were awarded with full bursaries during the Mayoral Bursary Fund Handover on Wednesday, 15 February 2016 at the East London City Hall. The Bursary covers all university costs including registration fees, tuition, prescribed study literature and materials as well as institutional accommodation and meals Tutu is enrolled at the Walter Sisulu University for a National Diploma in Analytical Chemistry, a field that has been of interest to him since Grade 10. “I have always been obsessed with experiments in the laboratory and the understanding of how various elements make up substances. This has been my field of interest and my love for it is growing with every lecture I attend,” he said. Recognising the value of this opportunity, Tutu expressed appreciation for the break saying that he will not take it for granted. “I know that there were many other deserving students so I do not take this grand opportunity for granted.” I am determined to take full advantage of this chance and make something of my life,” said Tutu. Executive Mayor Xola Pakati congratulated the beneficiaries, motivating them to commit to their studies and seal their own fate of success. Pakati also added that the skilling of young people is a major investment for the City. “I strongly believe that you will make an immense contribution towards the economic growth of the Metro, and we know that through your skills, we will overcome many of the challenges that have a negative impact on the socio-economic outlook of our municipality.” He further motivated saying that commitment, discipline and a vision to build a bright future for yourselves and your communities will produce great success. 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