The uMhlanga UIP team understands the importance of paying attention to the finer details when it comes to public space management. Over the past few weeks, our operational Cleaning, Greening, and Maintenance teams have been busy attending to a ‘back-to-basics’ drive in the precinct.

An in-depth audit of the precinct has been conducted, which identified shortfalls in routine maintenance, damaged public realm infrastructure, and a public realm facing private property defects. Interventions addressable by our Ops team have been earmarked for immediate resolution while large projects have either been reported to the Municipality or added to the UIP Special Projects schedule. The back-to-basics drive also aims to address maintenance backlogs leftover from the hard lockdown where the level of municipal service delivery reduced significantly.

“Focusing on the small details adds up to make a public space more appealing, safer and adds value to the experience of place. The back-to-basics campaign puts further emphasis on our commitment to doing this with a clear outline of tasks that will ensure nothing goes amiss and further enhances our precinct,” said Dewet Geldenhuys, uMhlanga Urban Improvement Precinct, precinct manager.

The uMhlanga UIP team back-to-basics drive focused on:

  • Repairing damaged infrastructure in the ablution facilities along the promenade
  • Replacing damaged signs
  • Replacing damaged pavers
  • Cutting back vegetation along the promenade
  • Straightening and painting bollards around the precinct
  • Replacing bins at beach access points
  • Leveling and repositioning bins

The process is ongoing and already making a massive difference in keeping uMhlanga Rocks looking in ship shape. Well done team!

MAIN IMAGE – repairing signage

IMAGE ABOVE: rubble removal

IMAGE ABOVE: graffiti removal

IMAGE ABOVE: stabilizing bollard and cleaning surround rubble

IMAGE ABOVE: repainting and clearing vegetation around bollards

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