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Pipe installation project progressing in uMdloti

New sewerage lines are also being installed as part of the rehabilitation and repairs.

ELECTRICITY and water supplies have been restored to the seaside village of uMdloti after weeks of uncertainty.

uMdloti was one of the hardest hit areas after the heavy rains that resulted in a massive landslide, wash-aways, as well as damage to several multimillion-rand properties on Bellamont Road and North Beach Road.

Repair work to install a large-diameter stormwater pipe from Bellamont Road to uMdloti Beach, in order to prevent mudslides, has also begun in earnest.

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New sewerage lines are also being installed as part of the rehabilitation and repairs.

Speaking to Northglen News, Petrus Scholtz, chairman of uMdloti Ratepayers’ and Residents Association, said he was pleased with the efforts of the contractors and eThekwini Municipality.

“There has been a phenomenal amount of work done in a short space of time. We are getting stormwater and sewerage infrastructure that we have never had in place before, so this is a plus. The installation of the high-density polyethylene pipes will stabilise the dunes and make it a lot safer. There are also several safeguards in place which we hope will be a long-term solution to stop any further landslides,” he said.

“There is a renewed sense of optimism in the village as more areas are rehabilitated and repaired. The traffic circle has been partly restored so that it is passable, but that is a temporary fix. All indications say we should be up and running by November this year. If anything, the recent flood tragedy has shown the resilience and fortitude of the uMdloti community, who have all pulled together,” he said.


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