The sponsorship for the revamp was made by the managing director of Save Group, Mohammed Desai.
Save Group ensured the grass was cut, and that the dirt and litter on and around the track were removed. Grass that had overgrown onto the track was removed by the truck-load. Part of the overhaul initiative is to encourage the community to become more involved in exercise.
Junaid Moosa, buyer at Save Group, said the idea was to provide a clean and safe space for people to exercise and enjoy the amenities the city has to offer. “We wanted to create a clean environment for the public. It is available for everyone to use. It is a safe place for people to cycle, exercise and run. The public can conduct their training without being worried about being in the traffic. It is a place where families can gather and also teach their children how to cycle.”
Moosa continued that the track would now have to be maintained to prevent it from falling into disrepair once more. “We would like to try to maintain the park so it does not return to its former condition. We do not want it to be dirty and neglected. There is a need to create a culture of a cleaner Pietermaritzburg.”
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Moosa said there were a few concerns regarding the state of the track and the trees that could be a hazard to many people who frequent the park and cycle at high speeds. “As a community, if we are able to do something to make a change then we should do something instead of complaining. Take control and make a change.”
“Here at Save we want to create a culture of being active, whether it be cycling or running. Save feels proud that now the public can enjoy cycling at the velodrome. Pietermaritzburg needs these places clean and maintained to make training a pleasure,” he said.