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Quigney gets a facelift

Ground has been broken on the R51 million Quigney project that will see the construction of a new civic centre, council chambers, shopping malls, accommodation, office parks and a new road. The site covers 13 hectares of prime inner-city land previously owned by Transnet and bound by the central railway station, Quigney and Arcadia.

Vacant for years, the land will be transformed into a bright new stronghold for government, academic, business and also revitalise the Metro.

The multimillion-rand development project funded by Urban Settlement Development Grant (USDG) commenced this month and is scheduled to be completed in a years time.

“Phase 1 of the project will be the realignment of R72 from Tutton Terrance through Sleeper bush, joining Fitzpatrick Road up to Bowls Road Buffalo Park intersection. This entails the construction of a new road which is the portion done in Greenfields. The other portion is the rehabilitation from Panmure Place to Bowls Road Buffalo Park intersection,” detailed Samkelo Ngwenya, spokesperson for the Buffalo City Municipality Metro.

The road is expected to alleviate traffic of the Eastern side of Quigney and will unlock potential development for the Sleeper Site as the road connecting all the sections will be done so investors can start investing in the land.

In Mdantsane, the municipality is halfway into the completion of the Qumza Highway main road between Zone 6 Mall main entrance to the Sasol Fort Jackson Garage. The upgrading of Qumza Highway started in July 2017 budgeted at R117 million. Under a new contractor, Stefanutti Stocks, the project will cost the municipality a whooping R269 million.

The project involves the rehabilitation and widening of Qumza Highway on both sides to a dual carriageway. The road is currently 6.8 meters wide and will be upgraded to 16 meters wide with a barrier median. The first half of the road is expected to open in time for the festive season. Due to the narrow road, Qumza Highway has seen a high volume of head-on collisions and vehicle-pedestrian accidents.

“This beautiful new road that has two ways each way is expected to draw scores of people into Mdantsane during the festive season in order to support local businesses. Improving road infrastructure remains a key priority across the municipality. This is underpinned by the belief that improved road infrastructure will help stimulate the economy of the metro,” said BCMM Mayor Xola Pakati.


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