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After two months in the Victoria Embankment/Playhouse zone and one month in the extended Victoria Embankment zone, there is a noticeable difference in the area. Thanks to the work by the Priority Zone team.

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^^ you hit the nail on the head there. It is more important to get thi right than new buildings. a good environment encourages new development, re-evaluation of the space and gives renewed belief in it. just seeing the changes psychologically makes one feel safer, more upmarket etc etc.

The Priority Zone are being very active and have some bold plans lined up for the Vic Embankment
 

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Priority Zone have tried to improve the precinct by engaging directly with the cardboard collectors and making their offices the drop off point

 

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Working together really does help!
On July 10, 2012
~ by Mpho Mtshali



The Eservices, EThekwini Municipality Line Departments, EThekwini Municipality Call Centre as well as the Customer Service Department are working collectively with the Priority Zone Help Desk Operations Centre to make the Priority Zone, within the City of Durban…..Simply beautiful.

The EThekwini Municipality Line Departments render a supportive function by receiving reports on jobs to be carried out, which are logged by the Priority Zone by means of an electronic call logging system. Once these jobs have been captured on the system, there are weekly interactive meetings with the Priority Zone Site and Facilities Managers to assess the challenges and performance of the Municipality Departments as per their Service Level Agreements.

The continued cooperation of the Priority Zone and EThekwini Municipality Line Departments and the extension of the Priority Zone Precinct to further areas in and around the CBD, as well as the surrounds of the City, will see Durban becoming the cleanest and safest place in the Southern Hemisphere………no exaggeration!






 

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And their work is getting international recognition

City Park wins landscaping award

Date: July 20, 2012

THE Municipality’s Gugu Dlamini Park won a Gold Award for Excellence for its outstanding landscaping and turf management architecture at the African Landscaping Institute Awards recently. The park situated next to the Workshop Shopping Centre is the favourite amongst Durban people and known to many as the “love nest”. The awards aims to acknowledge and promote excellence in landscape erchitecture and environmental planning. Accepting the award, the Head of Parks, Recreation and Culture, Thembinkosi Ngcobo said, this is an indication that not all is gloom and dull. “This provides us with more room to be more creative and to revive the passion for our careers. There was a time where Durban was colourful and we need to bring that back. We have seen the work that Drake and Scull has done under the Priority Zone project.


This is just an indication of what can be achieved when government and private sector join forces,” said Ngcobo. The Urban Development Manager at City Architects Department, Derrick White said, Drake and Scull under the Priority Zone project have done exceptionally well in the past three years especially in their landscaping component, this is a feather in a cap for the City and for the PRC Unit.

The Facilities Manager at Drake and Scull, Thobile Mkhize, said they entered Gugu Dlamini Park for the national award by the South African Landscaping Institute under the Landscaping and Turf Management category. “This is a great achievement. This was achieved by working together with line departments, through constant liaison and walk about as to how can we constantly improve the Priority Zone Precinct .We have received another award for the roof garden under the categories, Best Specialised Construction, Best In-house Design and Waterwise,” Mkhize explained.
 
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