On 22 November, the task team for the development of the Woza eNanda Walking Trail met at Phoenix Settlement to evaluate the experience of the exploratory walk between Ohlange and Phoenix the previous week. Participants shared their positive impressions, but also highlighted some challenges, notably sewerage, litter, and alien invasion. During the course of the week, a team from BMK Engineering has been involved in alien vegetation clearing; this currently covers only a 3 metre strip from the edge of the stream, but must be extended. Litter and raw sewerage are major problems; service infrastructure must be improved and community education intensified. A preliminary map has been produced in which problem areas of attention are marked (to view the map, click here: 20130912_woza eNanda Trail 1-7500).
On Monday, a team from Durban Green Corridor had conducted more detailed explorations around Ohlange. Various specific problems were noted and points of interest identified. These include a braai area, tuck shops, and an NGO specializing in feeding children (Rise and Shine), whose founder is also a traditional healer. A similar detailed exploration must now take place around Phoenix. Two loop walks around these core heritage site anchors are then to be linked by a circular route to create a varied network of trails. An audit of attraction points, shops and potential service providers will be conducted.
Durban Solid Waste is very positive about this project; they are aware of current problems and committed to assist with the clean-up operation, but various other municipal departments must also be engaged: Parks; Roads & Stormwater; Safer Cities; Business Support; Electricity; the local ward councillor; as well as SAPS. Once a route has been finalized, a team of representatives from these departments should walk the trail and take note of their respective areas of responsibility. Durban Tourism must be specifically engaged to establish lines of responsibility with respect to the development and marketing of the trail for tourists. In terms of community awareness, Inanda FM will be asked to feature the trail project. Through learners at schools, a snowball system of communication with the wider community will be set in motion and learners must play a role in setting an example and inspiring others to keep the trail clean and safe. In terms of attractions, some specific suggestions included getting a Rastafarian band to perform on a regular basis at S’bu’s tavern to create a local entertainment resource that will over time also attract visitors from the outside. Everyone agreed once again on the importance of community participation, creating a sense of ownership and developing the trail as a valuable resource for the community itself.
In the next two weeks, the chair will facilitate interdepartmental engagement; exploration around Phoenix will take place and selected clean-up efforts will get underway.
The next meeting will be on Wednesday 4 December at Phoenix Settlement: 10am. NB: This meeting has been postponed to 20 January 2014.
Present at the meeting: From Durban Green Corridor (DGC): Gary Cullen (chair), Mathabo; Alina; from BMK Engineering Consultants: Christy Cupido ; Sinqobile Nkabinde, Thokoza Mthembu; Durban Solid Waste: Sandile Myende; City Architects: Angela Baker; Inanda Seminary: Scott Couper; Inanda Community Tourism Board: Baphulile Bhengu; Member of community: Sanele Mvuyane; Mandla Kayise Primary School: Fikile Zondi; Inanda Comprehensive School: Lungile Ntuli; INK Tourism: Zwakele Khumalo; Durban Tourism: Brenda Phakathi; Ohlange Heritage site: Mandla Nxumalo; Phoenix Settlement: Bongani Mthembu; University of KwaZulu-Natal & eNanda Online: Sabine Marschall
Sabine Marschall 26/11/13