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November 26, 2013

Woza eNanda Walking Trail – update (2)

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

20130912_woza eNanda Trail 1-7500

 

 

November 16, 2013

Woza eNanda Walking Trail – update (1)

Woza eNanda Walking Trail Development Team

Despite the rainy weather, a dedicated task team set out on an exploratory walk from Phoenix Settlement to Ohlange on Friday 15 November. This followed the inaugural planning meeting held the previous week. The team found that the trail has great appeal and could become both a unique resource for the local community and a big tourist attraction, with many opportunities for local people to benefit. However, there are also problem areas that need to be addressed, including litter, alien invasion, slippery mud paths, and difficult water crossings.

The next meeting will be held on Friday 22 November at Phoenix Settlement 10am to discuss the experience and the way forward. Please leave your comments and suggestions below!

 

These pictures were taken along the exploratory walk:

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GPS based route mapping

 

Sabine Marschall 16/11/13

 

 

November 9, 2013

Woza eNanda Walking Trail – Inaugural meeting

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!

Attendance

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).

Discussion

– 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;

 

Immediate action

–  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.

 

Next meeting

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

Woza eNanda Walking Trail, approximate preliminary route proposal

Woza eNanda Walking Trail, approximate preliminary route proposal

Detail: Phoenix to Ohlange