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R400 million highway project to expand lanes gets the green light
29 Oct 2014
Khanyisani Dlomo

A MULTI-MILLION rand upgrade of the N3 toll highway between the Cedara interchange and Howick in the Midlands is set to get under way early next year.
The R400 million project, authorised by the department of Environmental Affairs this month, will see the highway being upgraded from the current four-lane dual carriageway to a six-lane dual carriageway over a period of two years.
This is South African Road Agency Limited’s (Sanral) plan to improve road safety and ease congestion by widening the highway there.
According to Environmental Affairs, the road widening will take place inside the median. The existing road will be widened by more than six metres over approximately 14 kilometres.
Where the road is constructed within five kilometres of the Midmar protected area, there will be no impact emanating from the project.
Sanral’s Ravi Ronny said N3 Toll Concession (N3TC) will fund the expansion works at an estimated value of R400 million.
“There will be no e-toll or toll gantries on this section as this section of the N3 is already part of a declared toll road currently operated by the N3TC.”
He said all construction work, including maintenance, is funded by the N3TC from toll fees collected at their current toll plazas. He added that there have been no objections and an environmental authorisation process, which included public participation, has been completed.
The contractor will be appointed next year.
Although the development runs through five wards in the area, Environmental Affairs communications chief director Albi Modise said no households will be affected.
“There will be no additional land required and no one will be relocated. During the environmental authorisation process, residents of the surrounding areas will not be harmed,” said Modise.
Sorry, but I can never understand wtf is going on with roads in that part of the world. Why are they extending the highway there when there are sections between PMB and Durbs (probably on of the most bust stretches in the country) that are not only 2 lanes, but 2 lanes of the most appalling quality!!???
 

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I agree :) I read on one of the other sites (can't remember which one) that there will also be an upgrade and freeway re-configuration of sorts at the N3/Alan Paton split and that will be known as Epworth Interchange.
 

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New office, retail development planned for Athlone Circle
30 Sep 2014
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AS Pietermaritzburg continues to grow, a new A-Grade office, retail and fine-dining development has been planned for Athlone Circle.
Scheduled to be completed in mid-2016, the multi-level building will be very visible from a position overlooking the N3 near the Peter Brown interchange.
The development is another brainchild of Pietermaritzburg entrepreneur Craig Steel, whose company Willmeg Investments — the development wing of the Mattland Group — purchased and refurbished what is now The Square, a stylish multi-tenant retail centre in Chatterton Road. Market research had highlighted the importance of adequate parking and, for staff, easy and quick access to retail outlets during lunch hour.
“The new development meets both these needs,” Mattland MD Paul McCabe said in a statement.
And there is also a strong aesthetic appeal. McCabe said the development has Steel’s “trademark flair and attention to detail in the design”.
In July the retail unit of Mattland Group, Sutherland Home Furnishings, opened a store at The Square.
 

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R120m sport centre for PMB 'a done deal'
2015-05-07 09:31
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IF all goes to plan Pietermaritzburg could have its own multi-million rand high performance sports facility.

The sports centre will be based at the Pietermaritzburg Airport and it will be part of the proposed technology hub to be built there.

The proposal includes a velodrome with an indoor cycling track that will hopefully attract Europe’s best cyclists during that continent’s winter months.

The initiative is apparently spearheaded by the Union Cycleste Internationale (UCI), the world governing body for sports cycling, which oversees international competitive cycling events, based in Aigle, Switzerland.


Co-ordinator of the Bike City Project Alec Lenferna said this proposal was still in the planning and discussion phase. He said there was a possibility of it being a multi-use sport centre with table tennis, gymnastics, Judo and many others.

If the plan bears fruit, it will benefit other professions such as dieticians, physiotherapist and anti-doping agency officers.

Clive Coetzee, the manager for Infrastructure and Economic Services at the provincial treasury, was more bold.

“It’s a done deal, it’s a question of time on when this will be built,” he said.

On Tuesday, Coetzee told delegates during the Msunduzi investor conference that plans of building a technology hub at the airport were moving apace.

He said they had received about R120 million donor funding from the European Union to prepare the land on each of the technology hubs sites.

The velodrome was among the exciting ideas for Pietermaritzburg with the prospects of not just attracting international visitors to the city, but also creating other sports-related industries.

Over the past few years Pietermaritzburg has hosted a number of local and international cycling events.

Coetzee said once it’s built, the UCI plans to move their African offices there as there will also be an office complex next to the velodrome.

“The moment this is built, the offices will be occupied, and money will be coming in. It will not sit there for two or three months without being occupied.

“These facilities will be used by South African and European cyclists who will come here to train during the winter periods in Europe.”
 

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PMB’s City Road Lodge to open in November
2015-07-15 06:00
Nicole John

THE first City Road Lodge, on the corner of New England Road and Hesketh Drive in Hayfields, will open its doors in November* in time for the festive season rush said City Lodge Hotel group spokesperson, Angus Macmillan.

The 90-room lodge will cater for travellers on a budget providing them with accommodation packages which is value for money.

“It’s a one-star hotel offering visitors cheap accommodation in a convenient area that’s well located in the city,” said MacMillan.

The target market for the lodge are business people travelling during the week, families visiting Pietermaritzburg* for sports events and sales representatives who make their way around the province and country.

“There is a mix between business and leisure. The road lodge offers visitors WiFi, TV, free parking and access to continental breakfast facilities, providing them good value for money,” said MacMillan.

The group is currently undergoing a system change to its WiFi facilities. According to MacMillan, Pietermaritzburg was chosen as the next investment for the group because it is the capital of the province.

“We always look for areas that have potential for long-term investment and we are confident we will get good occupancies in Pietermaritzburg, which is in need of a good-value-for-money hotel with a lower star rating.”

The R45 million development will employ 15 staff.

The exact date of the opening cannot be given, but MacMillan said construction is on track
 

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Not much in that part of town. The McDonald's 24 hour drive through is now open at Brookside Mall, as part of the phase 2.
 

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Upgrade for Pietermaritzburg airport

2016-01-18 12:06

Pietermaritzburg - Msunduzi Municipality’s proposed multimillion-rand expansion of Pietermaritzburg Airport is set to get under way this year.

Vacant land around the airport is set to form part of the long-term developments. The airport itself will see an upgrade to the aviation infrastructure to cater for anticipated growth in passenger and cargo volumes, resulting in increased air traffic.

The proposed developments and upgrades form part of the first phase of the Airport Master Plan, which is expected to last until 2025.

The development will see over 20 hectares under indigenous vegetation being used as part of the project, and there is therefore a need for an application for environmental authorisation supported by a scoping and environmental impact assessment (SEIA). The municipality has commissioned the Institute of Natural Resources NPC (INR) to manage this process.

Pietermaritzburg Chamber of Commerce CEO Melanie Veness said the entire region would benefit greatly from the upgrades and development.

“The Pietermaritzburg Airport is significant to the whole region. It benefits more than just Pietermaritzburg — from the Hillcrest area to Newcastle, it is central to the Midlands …”

As part of the infrastructure upgrades, there will be an extension of the taxiway to service an extension of the aircraft apron.

Existing hangars will be reconfigured and there will be expanded facilities for aircraft maintenance and repair.

A site will be allocated for the future expansion of the terminal building.

There will also be improved access via a link to Washington and/or Market roads, a new parking area and drop-off zone, an industrial zone, and mixed commercial zones.

A technology hub located between the runway and western boundary of the airport on Oribi Road provides for special sports, commercial, hotel and light industrial developments.

The Witness previously reported that a multimillion-rand high-performance sports facility would be based at the Pietermaritzburg Airport as part of the proposed technology hub. The proposal, spearheaded by the Union Cycleste Internationale (UCI), included a velodrome with an indoor cycling track with the hope of attracting European cyclists during that continent’s winter months.

The development of the various elements is expected to take place over an extended period of 10-15 years, in response to market demand and other factors, notably finance.

Funding is available for the layout of the technology hub, including bulk services. The hub will therefore be the first of the proposed developments at the airport, and construction is expected to commence in the second half of 2016.

A progress meeting with stakeholders is set to take place this week, and a focus group meeting for the Pietermaritzburg Chamber of Business in early February.
 

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Anyone know what those 2 cranes are for next to the Peter Brown offramp on town hill? Trying to figure out if they are to do with the road or whether something else is going up there.
 

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Hi Sand-Shark, it is related to the below development:

ATHLONE CIRCLE - NEW DEVELOPMENT


Unique new development in picturesque Athlone

A new A-Grade office, retail and fine-dining development at the Athlone Circle in Pietermaritzburg is among the latest collection of quality premises being marketed by Profile Property.

Scheduled for completion in mid-2016, the iconic multi-level building will be highly visible from its position overlooking the busy N3 highway near the Peter Brown interchange, serving as an impressive introduction to the city.

Inspired by Bostonian contemporary design with elements of “Old ’Maritzburg”, the proposed development will offer 10,000 square metres of office space, 1,500 square metres of retail space, 1,200 square metres of loft-style residential units and restaurant space on an elegant piazza level.

Importantly, the centre will offer ample parking – 450 bays constituting a total of 7,500 square metres. Accommodation options for tenants range from 200 square metres to 3,600 square metres.

The Athlone Circle development is the brainchild of Pietermaritzburg-based entrepreneur Craig Steel, whose company Willmeg Investments – the development wing of the Mattland Group – was most recently behind the purchase and refurbishment of what is now The Square, a stylish multi-tenant retail centre in Chatterton Road, which is also home to a branch of Sutherlands Home Furnishing (SHF), the retail wing of the Mattland Group.

Mattland MD Paul McCabe said plans for the Athlone Circle development were submitted to the Msunduzi Municipality on 8 September 2014. A traffic impact assessment conducted by DMA Associates has concluded that the increase in traffic volumes in the area as a result of the development will be minimal and that no mitigatory measures are required.

According to McCabe, market research targeting existing office park tenants had highlighted the importance of adequate parking for both staff and clients and, for staff, easy and quick access to retail outlets during the lunch hour. “The new development meets both these needs,” said McCabe.

And there is also a strong aesthetic appeal. McCabe said the development has Steel’s trademark flair and attention to detail in the design. Tenants will also enjoy sweeping views across the forested hills of the Town Hill Valley, as well as on-site indigenous landscaped gardens. The building will also incorporate energy efficient and water optimisation technologies.

McCabe said the Group had approached Profile and one other agent to market the property. “Our approach is to develop long-term relationships. We regard Profile Property as an ancillary to our property development activities, so they are more like partners than suppliers.”

McCabe said past dealings with Profile had produced results accompanied by a highly professional approach. “The company has integrity, and we feel that,” he said.

Although it was too soon to provide names, McCabe said interest had been expressed in one of the larger office buildings by a national banking group, and a couple of food retail outlets had indicated an interest in the smaller retail spaces.

Profile Property Director Garth Ware said the planned development offered well-positioned premises, high visibility from one of the country’s busiest national routes, and had a major advantage in the scale of its parking area, which far exceeds local municipal requirements. Ware said the company welcomes any inquiries from prospective tenants.
 

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Pietermaritzburg’s Msunduzi municipality placed under administration yet again

The worsening state of municipal affairs in the provincial capital including the collapse of service delivery, a looming financial crisis and allegations of internal sabotage has resulted in provincial government placing Msunduzi municipality under administration, reports Pietermaritzburg’s Public Eye newspaper.

The provincial cabinet held a special meeting on Friday afternoon to discuss the crisis and resolved to invoke Section 139 (1)B of the constitution to take control of the city’s affairs and stabilise its finances.

Just two weeks ago Capital Newspapers warned that unless provincial and national government stepped in, it would have been only a matter of days before the city’s coffers ran dry. The last publicly available financial records showed that, as of June 2018 Msunduzi’s outstanding debt had soared to over R3 billion.

Friday’s decision to place the city under administration did not come as a surprise to many stakeholders.

Acting premier and ANC chairman Zihle Zikalala had repeatedly warned the municipality to get its act together. Addressing the business community at a breakfast on Wednesday, Zikalala gave a clear signal that the time for talking was over and that provincial government would act decisively to stabilise the capital.

National logal government minister Dr Zweli Mkhize had also made exhaustive efforts to pull Msunduzi in line and it was believed that both Mkhize and Zikalala held high-level discussions this week, presumably to discuss Friday’s special cabinet resolution.

Previously, finance MEC Belinda Scott, speaking to Capital Newspapers after the recent tabling of the provincial budget, said reports of financial instability were concerning.

“Even though Msunduzi does not report to provincial treasury, we cannot ignore the problems that are being raised,” said Scott.

ANC councillor Sandile Dlamini said just two weeks ago that the municipality may find itself reacting when it was too late.

The municipality once had nearly R1 billion in its reserves, but over the past two years things had taken a turn for the worse. Aside from registering disclaimer and adverse audit opinions in two successive years, the municipality had also battled to collect revenue.

https://citizen.co.za/news/south-africa/government/2113132/pietermaritzburgs-msunduzi-municipality-placed-under-administration-yet-again/
 

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KZN jewel’s steady slide into financial ruin

Pietermaritzburg was once one of the best run municipalities in the country, but the situation has deteriorated so badly over the past few years that KwaZulu-Natal provincial capital city is on the brink of financial collapse.

So dire are the finances of the ANC-run Msunduzi municipality that it was placed under administration on Tuesday by KZN co-operative governance & traditional affairs MEC Nomusa Dube-Ncube after the governing party leaders acknowledged it was no longer able to lift itself out of its financial doldrums.

The ship has been sinking for some time in the provincial capital, which has been plagued by service delivery problems, lack of infrastructure maintenance, and waste removal and water delivery issues. Roads around the city have been crumbling with piles of rubbish being dumped everywhere without being removed.

Surrounding townships have gone without water for weeks.

According to a local community newspaper, the last available financial records reveal that, as of June 2018, Msunduzi’s outstanding debt had soared to over R3bn.

Two weeks ago, Dube-Ncube announced that the department had directly intervened in the embattled and cash-strapped Mtubatuba and Richmond municipalities as a final attempt at saving them.

In 2018 national co-operative governance and traditional affairs minister Zweli Mkhize ordered an investigation into allegations of administrative malfeasance at the municipality.

https://www.businesslive.co.za/bd/national/2019-04-10-kzn-jewels-steady-slide-into-financial-ruin/
 

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New upmarket centre coming to Scottsville

https://maritzburgsun.co.za/57345/new-mall-coming-city/


Don't know where that leaves the existing Scottsville Checkers which is not very nice anymore.

Im sure they will complement each other and rather bring more ppl to the area. Scottsville mall is decent surely and clean, just small and they do have some space to do better expansions in the future. This mall is clearly not large either, so students and scholars will use both I believe.
 

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Somewhere in my posts I once proposed something along the attached pic as suitable for Pietermaritzburg's Msunduzi river area. My concern was underutilisation of such a great area and I proposed they move the ICC proposal to this area, have a hotel and have walkway along the river with cafes and stuff, and an overhead walkway over the river to connect to the other side, which must remain a park, upgraded to suit the rest. Im no architect and not in the construction industry but always see related opportunities. Am happy to see somebody sharing perspectives about the area as per the pic. I hope Pietermaritzburg will also widen the river all the way until N3 with river-facing apartments blending with the public park: https://d26w5aehxhpjwg.cloudfront.net/uploads/listings/2018/03/3377983c28acfe3_t_w_640_h_480.jpg . That's opposite the Natal Canoe club.
 
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