Manzini Hard Worker: Rehabilitation on Fairview South Road Begins
…Pleasing Prospect to be a smoother road by end of March 2020
According to the City of Manzini’s Integrated Development Plan (IDP), integrated infrastructure development remains one of the key deliverables of the Municipality. The IDP is the city’s guiding framework pertaining city development and it is a product of extensive stakeholder consultation.
A number of development projects and programmes are highlighted in the IDP document and one of them is rehabilitation of Pleasing Prospect road in Fairview South. Pleasing Prospect is the road stretch that begins at the corner just above KaMthunyelelwa shopping complex near Metropolitan Church and stretches all the way up to Northern Distributor road (near Rainbow preschool). Northern Distributor is the road stretch from William Pitcher College up to St Paul’s school. The project entails patching of the existing potholes and resealing (resurfacing) of the entire road stretch. This will give it another eight years or so of useful life. Preparatory work for the project has already started and, all things constant, the works should be completed and residents will be driving on a perfectly smooth road at the beginning of April 2020.
Residents and all other users of the road are urged to cooperate with Council throughout the construction period. As a norm with any other in-situ road construction works, there is bound to be inconveniences from time to time but these will be temporary. Residents are urged to bear with Council during this period and, instead, focus on the end result – which is a perfectly surfaced road. Citizens who live along the road are also advised that there is an ongoing dilapidation survey of all concrete structures located along the road. The compulsory survey is undertaken to record the structural conditions of houses adjacent to the project area. It is carried out by way of taking photographs inside and outside existing structures; taking note of any elements that may potentially be affected during construction works. Council’s plea is, therefore, that residents allow those that have been tasked with carrying out the survey into their properties for purposes of the survey.
…PORTION OF DONEGAL ROAD WILL ALSO BE SURFACED
Those who live along Donegal road in Fairview South will also somewhat benefit from the Pleasing Prospect rehabilitation project. A portion (about 150 metres) of Donegal road, which is presently in a gravel state, will be surfaced in the form of rigid paving (surfacing of the road using concrete). The portion that will be concrete surfaced is the stretch from the Pleasing Prospect/Donegal roads intersection up to just above Peace Centre Guest House. It has been observed that the existing damage on the foot of Pleasing Prospect road (at the pothole-riddled corner above KaMthunyelelwa) is as a result of silt (loose soil) that gets washed away down Donegal road.
A proper catch pit (storm water drain) will be constructed at the foot of Donegal road and the concreted portion of Donegal road will be shaped in such a way that it channels storm water into the catch pit. Therefore, construction of storm water drains will not be necessary. It is important to clarify that the main project is rehabilitation of Pleasing Prospect road. According to the Integrated Development Plan it is not yet time for upgrading of the entire Donegal road but the portion thereof is only being surfaced so to avoid further damage on Pleasing Prospect road.
…PORTION OF VILLIERS STREET WILL ALSO BE SURFACED
The Municipal Council of Manzini will also concrete-surface the tail end of Villiers street in the city centre. Villiers street is the road stretch from St Theresa’s primary school down to Shamrock Butchery. A bulk of the road is presently surfaced save a short stretch of about 60 metres just below Shamrock Butchery. Council will therefore be completing the unfinished business on that road. Again, those doing business along the affected road stretch are requested to cooperate with Council during the construction period.
…MANZINI/MATSAPHA MUNICIPALITIES TEAM UP FOR MARULA FEST
In a true sister city spirit, the municipalities of Manzini and Matsapha have once again teamed up as they joined throngs of Lutsango to deliver and participate in the annual Marula festival which was held last weekend at Buhleni Royal Residence in the Hhohho region. This partnership dates back about four years ago and has remained strong since inception. Employees from both municipalities are accommodated in the same tent and do all things together. Most importantly, they make use of this exciting home-away-from-home experience for team building and sharing of municipal experiences and ideas. It is no wonder that sometime last year the two municipalities extended this sisterhood by organising a joint sports and wellness day which was held at the Manzini Club. The following photos were taken before their departure for Buhleni and on their arrival at the Buganu festival…