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26 May 2022

Another fast food franchise in Howick?

Londiwe Xulu

There’s a possibility for a drive-thru Mcdonald’s or Chicken Licken in Howick, but not all residents want it.

There’s a possibility for a drive-thru Mcdonald’s or Chicken Licken in Howick.

uMngeni Municipality Mayor Chris Pappas on Wednesday said his office had received a proposal from Kibe Properties (Pty) Ltd to lease out Erf 39 of Howick, located at the corner of Main Street and Bell Street where a recycling plant is currently situated.

The proposal was tabled at a virtual executive committee meeting yesterday.

The background of the report said there had been various applications received from the public and the ongoing struggle between the adjacent aggrieved businesses with regard to the recycling centre.

There is a pending court case between uMngeni and the adjoining businesses in the vicinity due to the allocation of the existing recycling centre.

Pappas said it was not the municipality’s intention to sell the property but rather lease it on a long-term lease if it’s for commercial use.

Pappas said:

“We cannot just approve to give one person the use of the land or to sell the land. We have to do it through the correct process and to look at what is the best use in terms of economic feasibility.”

He added that another consideration was the need for the recycling centre. “So if any development does take place, we’ll need to either demolish or relocate or to cater for the recycling centre that is currently there.”

Kibe Properties (Pty) Ltd has an office in Pietermaritzburg and its director, Rob Alexander, is a well-known property developer in the city. In their proposal, they said they would create between 50 to 70 job opportunities for locals.

It was then recommended that the Exco refer the matter to the EDP portfolio committee to explore the most sustainable and economically feasible use of the application site.

Howick residents had previously objected to having more franchises in town, stating that there was already local coffee shops and restaurants.

Some residents were, however, happy with having another franchise.