Hard at work on the next section of the boardwalk through the uMhlanga dune forest are, from left, Chris Mpanza, Lovemore Mawire and Mvuselo Zuma.
Hard at work on the next section of the boardwalk through the uMhlanga dune forest are, from left, Chris Mpanza, Lovemore Mawire and Mvuselo Zuma.

Take a walk on the wild side

By Duncan Guy Time of article published Nov 28, 2020

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Durban - A new section of raised boardwalk made from recycled plastic is beginning to make its way through the uMhlanga forest.

The first 81m of the 1.8m wide wheelchair-friendly walkway through dune forest is expected to be complete by the end of next month. It is planned to eventually be one-kilometre wander.

“Once the boardwalk is complete visitors will safely be able to experience the amazing coastal forest life while having negligible environmental impact on this incredible natural asset,” said Brian Wright of the uMhlanga Urban Improvement Precinct (UIP), which is behind the project and will manage it.

Viewing decks overlooking the beach and lagoon as well as formalised access points from the boardwalk on to the beach, are included in its design.

“Other important benefits of the boardwalk include preventing further frontal dune damage allowing for natural regeneration of degraded areas, unlocking tourism and employment opportunities and relieving congestion on the promenade,” said the UIP.

“The long-term plan is to build an environmental education centre to host nature-based activities including guided walks, canoeing, a bird hide and children’s activities.”

The organisation needs another R5.7million to complete the boardwalk beyond 81m.

Anyone willing to help can visit https://umhlangauip.co.za/site/

The Independent on Saturday

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