Exciting plans for Margate

Estate manager, Sbu Phili (left), Conteco group director Lindelani Mkhize (middle) and municipal manager Max Mbili were excited to announce plans for the new Boulevard precinct at a council meeting held on Tuesday this week.

It’s not all doom and gloom for Margate, with several development projects aimed at boosting the town’s economy on the cards.

Two big projects which are set to inject new life into Margate include a brand-new family and lifestyle entertainment centre and the refurbishment of Panorama Parade.

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These plans were discussed at Ray Nkonyeni Municipality’s council meeting on Tuesday this week.

Some R45-million has been earmarked for a state-of-the-art development – dubbed the Boulevard precinct – at the former Margate amusement park site.

The two-phase project will be headed by Lindelani Mkhize’s Conteco Group.

Mr Mkhize, who is also the man behind one of South Africa’s largest gospel groups, ‘Joyous Celebration’, has previously undertaken similar projects, including the I-beach Xplosion at St Michael’s beach.

Mr Mkhize unpacked details of the project before council.

Phase one, he said, will include ‘Zuri’, a beach club similar to the one set up at Mpenjati last year and which attracted visitors from as far afield as Gauteng and the Western Cape.

This phase will also include a café-dining area, visual games and a bar.

“Our intention is to finish this phase in early December, provided compliance laws are processed in time,” he said.

Councillors welcomed the development, with councillor Dave Watson saying he was ‘quite excited’ about the development and was looking forward to seeing the completed project.

Municipal manager Max Mbili said council was also eagerly anticipating working hand in hand with the Margate Ratepayers’ and Residents’ Association in dealing with infrastructure issues in the area.

The Margate South Beach walkway topped the list of things to be fixed.

According to Mr Mbili, the association had taken it upon itself to source consultants to assess the damage and recommend remedial action.

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He commended the association for its willingness to better Margate, saying it was ‘a step forward for cooperative governance and social responsibility initiatives’.


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