The municipality, under the leadership of Durban Green Corridor, is planning to develop a walking trail through Inanda, ultimately leading all the way from Bridge City to the Inanda Dam area. This is meant to turn existing green spaces in Inanda into useful recreational resources for the community and attract hikers and tourists to provide a unique local experience and create economic benefits for the community.
An initial planning meeting was held at Phoenix Settlement on 8 November 2013 and this report sums up what was discussed. Watch this space for regular updates and leave your comments and suggestions below!
A variety of stakeholder were invited and the following persons attended: Gary Cullen (Durban Green Corridor (DGC) – chair of meeting); Angela Baker (City Architects); Bongani Mthembu (Phoenix Settlement); Mandla Nxumalo (Ohlange); Siyabonga Luthuli (Business Support Unit); Desan Gounden (Parks Department); Sabine Marschall (UKZN and eNanda Online); Zandile Ngcobo (DGC); Lungile Ntuli (Inanda Comprehensive High School); Patrick Masinga (Durban Tourism); Siphiwe Cele ( INK – ABM); Rev Scott Couper (Inanda Seminary); Wiseman Mhlongo (DGC); Brenda Phathaki (Durban Tourism); Alina Fleczok (intern with DGC); Mareike Behnke (intern with DGC); Loyiso Ntslaze (intern with DGC).
– the trail will complement the city’s Woza eNanda driving route, but provide a uniquely different experience with emphasis on human encounters and community interaction and spending opportunities for tourists;
– development in sections, starting with the section from Phoenix Settlement via Ekuphakameni to Ohlange Institute, and extension over time.
– different coloured signs and interpretation boards can be put up along the trail to map out routes with different thematic emphasis: e.g. cultural/historical, nature-based, fun/entertainment; sport eg hiking, running and mountain biking.
– a very preliminary route has been mapped out (see picture), but the details are to be determined;
– community participation and ownership are very important from the planning phase to implementation and management to bring forward the many possible attractions, to ensure sustainability and for safety for walkers;
– strong emphasis on school participation; competitions can be held among the schools; learners can be involved in clean-up campaigns and in designing the details of the trails; through learners, awareness is created among parents and the wider community;
– the trail can become an important educational resource for school learners;
– clean-up and visual improvement is needed (e.g. signage, paving, landscaping)
– various members of the community can get involved and potentially benefit by providing services or ‘attractions’ along the path; e.g. providing opportunities for tasting home-cooked food, etc.
– awareness must be created among various potential users of the trail, including Amblers, Ramblers and other hiking clubs; MTB community, etc.
– sponsored annual events could be held that draw in schools from other parts of eThekwini to participate alongside local schools and community members
– tourism sector must be made aware to develop products and services along the route;
– on Tuesday 12 November a small alien clearing team will check the proposed route and open up where necessary;
– on Friday 15 November at 8am, a task team will walk a small section of the proposed trail, starting from Phoenix Settlement to Ohlange to get a hands-on experience of the opportunities and challenges. Anyone is invited to join!
– The following schools – Shembe Primary; Kasturba Gandhi Primary; Inanda Comprehensive High School; Ohlange High School; Mandla Kayisa Lower Primary and Langalibalele Higher Primary School, which are situated along the first section of the trail, will be encouraged to participate and they will be approached to send a management representative on the walk on Friday 15 November.
Friday 22 November 10am at Phoenix Settlement.
The agenda will be …
– to discuss the findings from the 15 November walk
– to consider a draft project concept plan
– to consider if any possible start up activities during December
Sabine Marschall 8/11/13
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