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Coffee and outdoor enthusiasts will be delighted with the appointment of Bike & Bean as the operator of the newly revamped Forest Café located at the northern end of the new uMhlanga boardwalk. The new facility will be up and running by 1 December.

Bike & Bean currently has two existing coffee operations on the beachfront and Point waterfront, both in Durban. Excited owner Viki Ferreira says: “We are ecstatic to have this opportunity working alongside the uMhlanga UIP and its stakeholders. We look forward to bringing to the public our usual top-notch Bike & Bean experience through a variety of meal and beverage options as well as the ability to enjoy the forest as an added benefit to the beach side café atmosphere.”

The uMhlanga UIP’s new boardwalk extends from the uMhlanga promenade into the uMhlanga Lagoon Nature Reserve which is managed by Ezemvelo KZN Wildlife and who the UIP collaborates closely with. The kiosk, which was once a derelict ablution facility, is now completely revamped and sports a beautiful mural by street artist, Giffy. It was completed at the end of August and forms part of the broader boardwalk installation project which commenced in November last year.

Made from recycled plastic, the raised, wheelchair-friendly boardwalk’s design provides viewing decks overlooking the beach and lagoon and formalized access points from the boardwalk onto the beach. The infrastructure will be managed and maintained by the UIP.

The first 250m of the 1km long structure has been completed and the addition of the Forest Cafe will add a new attraction to the area. But there is still a long way to go to completion and the UIP is calling on local businesses and the public to get behind this worthwhile initiative which not only protects and enhances the natural environment but also supports job creation and tourism.

“This project further demonstrates the uMhlanga UIP’s goal to provide a clean, green, safe and desirable precinct where businesses and people can thrive. We call on all local businesses and the public to please donate towards the project either through our Zapper campaign or contact us directly to make a larger legacy donation. Every cent helps towards completing this fantastic structure which will add tremendous value to uMhlanga,” concludes uMhlanga UIP chairman John Lee.


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