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January 22, 2014

Woza eNanda Walking Trail – update 3

After the Festive Season break, the planning meetings for the Woza eNanda Walking Trail resumed on 20/1/14 at the INK ABM Offices in KwaMashu.

Gary Cullen from Durban Green Corridor welcomed everyone and briefly summarized the purpose of the initiate and the status quo of the planning.  While the walking trail directly links with the Woza eNanda Heritage Route, the key idea is to provide more options for visitors to interact with the community and the latter to benefit economically from such visits. Mostly the walking trail is meant to attract tourists, local visitors, and especially young people, who are not in a group or with a tour operator, but who would like to have a township experience, participate in social events (e.g. involving music, soccer, taverns) or simply walk ‘off the beaten track’.

The main focus of this meeting was the clean-up operations and addressing environmental problems. Mostly this refers to litter removal and alien invasive clearing, but also includes attending to water leakages, sewage and effluence problems and rehabilitation. It was agreed that these issues should be tackled on a ward basis, notably wards 54, 55 and 57. The respective ward councillors will be informed and a presentation will be arranged at the INK Councillors Forum.  Lindelani Zuke, who is the newly appointed horticulturalist at Durban Green Corridor, will be the coordinator for the environmental team. The first priority is to take GPS readings and map problem areas more precisely.

The management of the waste collection skips will be taken up with DSW, but it is also important to engage with the local co-ops in the area to ensure that residents are indeed placing their rubbish into the skips, rather than piling it up around it. The community must play a key role in deciding how to take the clean-up forward. The ward councillors might call a community meeting to this effect. DSW can supply bags, gloves, a few tools and will arrange a date of collection.  These efforts can extend or link in with existing programmes such as ‘Adopt a Spot’, etc.

Sihlanzimvelo is currently involved in litter removal, alien clearing and rehabilitation along the streams, but only for 3 metres on each side. Areas where infestation extends much further must be identified and attended to independently.  Experience shows that once an area has been cleared, people immediately start planting vegetables there. Consultation with the community must occur; while the project can facilitate community gardening, this must occur in a planned and organized manner.

The area around the sports field (ward 55 only) was selected as a key focal point of intervention, from where the cleaning effort will radiate out. This area has a lot of potential, as it engages many residents through play and sports facilities; the pond can be turned into an attractive wetland and recreational resource. This cleaned up area can be a showcase for the entire project and an information board could be set up there.

Angela Baker (not present at this meeting) is working on a project with City Architects in preparation for the international Architecture conference in August. It is called ‘Pocket parks’ and involves art installations and other interventions in selected areas. One of these areas is near the Gandhi Settlement and this initiative, while proceeding independently, should be coordinated with the walking trail project, especially the development of a shorter loop trail around the Gandhi Settlement.

While  Lindelani’s team focuses on the clean-up, the second team, coordinated by Sabine, carries on with content development. Both work-streams must link with the schools and engage with teachers to involve them in the clean-up and help design the trail to suit their educational needs.

The following persons were present at the meeting: Gary Cullen – DGC, Alina Fleczok-DGC, Mandla Nxumalo-DurbanTourism, Sanele Mvuyane-DGC, Sandile Maphumulo-INK-ABM, Loyiso Ntsalaze –DGC, Sabine Marschall-UKZN, Bart Fokkens-DGC, Wiseman Mhlongo –DGC, Lindelani Zuke –DGC, Nolwandle Zulu –DSW, Siphiwe Cele –INK-ABM, Thuyi Dludla –DSW, Zandile Ngcobo-DGC, Mpume Gumede-CSCM, Christi Cupido –BMK Consultants, Snqobile Nkabinde –BMK Consultants

Compiled by Sabine Marschall 21/1/14

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