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Spot the First Whale of the Season

Last year the first whale of the season was spotted from La Mercy on 6th June, quite a bit earlier than normal. If you spot the first whale of the season this year and give us a report, will give you access to a

Seen a whale?......then send your report to Julie and Bob, your webhosts at

How we voted in La Mercy

Big swings to ANC and DA with IFP and MF the main loosers. Full results for voting stations in La Mercy, Mount Moreland and Umdloti are available on our 2009 Election Results page.

DINNER DANCE: Two Rivers Golf & Social Club




DATE: 13/12/2008
TIME: 19H00


Tickets can be obtained from:
CLAUDE MOODLEY: 083 794 1610
DAN GOVENDER: 032 941 5019
ALEX MOONSAMY:083 540 1995
MERVYN NAIDOO: 082 465 4707
AMAL RAMHARRY: 084 515 8027

Gateway Cycle Challenge notice

15th August 2008
Dear La Mercy Rate Payers
Organisers of the upcoming Gateway Cycle Challenge encourage the public to come and watch this prestigious and exciting cycling race unfold at Gateway Theatre of Shopping. The organisers, B-Active Sports, have asked the public to be careful when driving near Gateway, Verulam and Tongaat, Area on Sunday 24th August. However we look forward to the public coming through to Gateway to see South Africa's top cyclists in action.
Traffic will become congested between 9am and 11:30am, but the roads around Gateway will not be closed. The Public are welcome to park inside Gateway and make their way to the Palm Boulevard, which will be closed for the Cyclists finishing line.
> Gateway Boulevard / Palm Boulevard: Closed 12am until 3pm PLACE TO WATCH
> Centenary Drive (Gateway): Closed between 5am and 12pm. PLACE TO WATCH
> Twilight Road (Gateway): Closed 6am to 12pm PLACE TO WATCH
> Millennium Drive (Gateway): 6am to 12pm PLACE TO WATCH
> Millennium Bridge: 6am to 7am (Disruption) PLACE TO WATCH
> R102 to Tongaat: 6am to 12pm (Disruption)
> Tongaat Centre: 7am to 9am (Disruption)
> Maidstone Centre: 7am to 9am (Disruption)
> Verulam: 7am to 8am (Disruption)
> Shaka’s Kraal City Centre: 7:30am to 10:30am (Disruption)
> Umhlali Centre: 7:30am to 10:30am (Disruption)
> M4 Highway (South Bound): 7am to 11:30am (Disruption)
> Umdloti Bridge: 7:30am to 11:30am (Disruption) PLACE TO WATCH

The organisers and athletes of this event thank you for your understanding and patience. We apologise for any inconvenience caused during these times. Should you require any further information please don't hesitate to contact us.
Kindest Regards, Damian Bradley, B-Active Sports Marketing, Tel: (031) 564 4062, Fax: 0865122 182, E-mail:Damian Bradley

Deepavali Celebration Plans

Meeting at La Mercy School on the 29th of June at 9.15 am to dicuss this years Deepavali Celebrations scheduled to take place on the 11th of October.

First Whale of the season!

Spotted Friday 6th June from La Mercy a humpback whale frolicking just beyond the breakers. Welcome back!!!....early this year too. We have also heard that the Sardines are on their way, spotted off the Transkei Coast and heading North. Could be off Margate by mid June!

Two New Restaurants for Umdloti

Business must be booming? The good news for Umdloti is that two new restaurants are opening in June. The old Mira Mar will be taken over by Jay who is converting it into an Indo/Portugese restaurant which will offer some delicious Indian fare plus Portugese food and a fusion of the two.....could be very interesting. GOOG LUCK Jay!! The old Blue Mango will become Bean Bag Bahia Beach Club and Deli run by Carlos and partners from the famous Bean Bag Bohemia in Florida Road. Again sounds delicious and interesting. GOOD LUCK Carlos!!

Durban Ultra Triathlon: Road Closures

Due to the Durban Ultra Triathlon taking place on the 25 May 2008, there will be full road closure along the M4 in both directions between the Desainagar traffic circle and the Umhlanga Rocks, Lighthouse road Off ramp on Sunday morning between 6am and 11:30am.

Traffic coming from Durban heading north will be diverted at the Umhlanga Lighthouse Road off-ramp towards the N2. Traffic heading from the Lighthouse Road turnoff towards Durban will not be affected. The Desainagar traffic circle will remain open however traffic will not be allowed to proceed South from the Desainagar circle towards Umdloti between the above mentioned times.

The Parking area in-front of the Umdloti Ninos will also be closed on Saturday from 4pm until 9am on Sunday morning. For full details click here

La Mercy Primary Golf Day

Our La Mercy Primary School invites you to participate in their fund raising Golf Day to be held on Sunday 22nd June 2008 at Maidstone Country Club. 4 ball Better Ball Stableford. R200 per player. To enjoy supporting this worthy cause contact Mrs Govender, the Principal of La Mercy Primary (032 941 5222) or Mrs Moodley, the Co-ordinator (084 701 1439)

2008 Ratepayers Meetings Schedule


Held at La Mercy Community Centre at 19h00 sharp unless otherwise advised.


Swallow Celebrations in Mount Moreland

Yes, of course and predictably the barn swallows have returned to Mount Moreland after enjoying their Northern Hemisphere summer. Join the residents of Mount Moreland this Sunday, 11th November to welcome more than a million barn swallows home to this National Geographic registered site. Braai fires will be lit for visitors to use and food will be on sale as well. Cash bar too or you can bring your own. Live music later. It’s a festival to celebrate nature’s splendour!.......will the swallows return in future years once the airport is operational? The Airports Company says yes. Birdlife South Africa seems to agree and you can “buy” a swallow for R1,00 as a donation to them!!!

Airport Construction to Take-off – well almost.

La Mercy Airport, 24th August 2007. “No substantial detrimental impact on the environment” says the EIA and construction so start on (next) Friday, although there is still a 30 day window for objections and a further two month delay if appeals are received. Meanwhile surveying work has started with some site offices and staff accommodation already in place – see pictures.

Whales Seen on a Daily Basis Now

If people are not spotting all the whales lately, then they are not looking. We are spotting them on a daily basis now, the best was on Monday 13th August 2007. An awesome sighting of mother and calf just behind the white water about 100m off shore. The dolphins have also been seen on a daily basis.


Dion Bezuidenhout, Drifters Dolphin Coast Inn
031 568 1794 or 083 608 1107 and e-mail:

First Whale of the Season?

We have just seen our first whale of the season from Dolphin View at the southern end of La Mercy.  It was quite far out so we couldn't see what type of whale but the spray was high.

From: Evangeline McKay, Dolphin View Accommodation 7.45 am Thursday 5th July 2007

Feeling the Chill?...Take the Plunge!

2nd July 2007. Whilst the rest of South Africa shivers, we measured 21 degrees centigrade in the surf at La Mercy today – yes you can swim in that! And many school children were spotted having fun in the gentle waves of La Mercy’s natural tidal pool. Oh and don’t forget to look beyond the protection of those lovely rocks – you could see the first of this seasons whales…..they come to our warm waters every winter to calve in the springtime.

Having a “Whale of a Time”

The sardines are on their way and it is whale season again!

Who will be the first person to spot a whale this year and from where? will donate a FREE WEB-PAGE to the first person or organisation to report a whale sighting for inclusion on our La Mercy Whale Sightings Register.  Send your report to with a short description including date, time, species (if known) and direction heading.

Sibaya Triathlon Aftermath

The Durban Triathlon at La Mercy went off well with magnificent waves, warm surf and lovely winter weather for the competitors and their support crews. It was a wonderful commemoration for cyclist Julie Fraser, who was killed in an accident on the M4 recently. The traffic disruption in La Mercy itself was relatively short lived and generally, residents were pleased to welcome our visitors and the additional business they brought to local traders and accommodation establishments.


At 5:30am Steers was FULL of people queuing to use their toilet (what a pity they didn’t open early for breakfast) and the Total filling station courtyard and traffic circle area in nearby Umdloti was jam packed with parked vehicles and trailers. As Julie left, to get home before the roads were closed, two Metro Police officers arrived on the scene to watch.


Traffic disruption on the M4 was another story with La Mercy residents virtually cut off for about four hours, unable to get to work – unless they were privileged sufficiently to be able to make a 40km detour and pay two toll fees for a round trip to the nearest church, mosque, chemist or the local shops for a loaf of bread and the Sunday newspapers. This cannot be allowed to happen in future – we are pleased that Sun International (Sibaya was a sponsor of the event) has taken this up with the organisers. See our brickbats and bouquets page for comments!

Durban Ultra Receives Full Road Closure!

13h15 …Latest extract from “Following consultation with the local authorities, the prestigious Durban Ultra Triathlon, has been granted FULL road closure. Inspector Dieter Meyer of Durban Metro Police, Northern Region confirmed that there would be road closure on the M4 highway for the event, between the La Mercy on/off ramps and where the M4 intersects with the Watson Highway. This will ensure that the athletes are safe on the route thus making the event an even more enjoyable experience for them.”

Durban Triathlon centres on La Mercy

26th May2007. The inaugural Sibaya Triathlon starts in nearby Umdloti tomorrow (Sunday 27th May) at 06h30, just after low tide, with a 1,6km ocean swim followed by a triple circuit 60km cycle ride along the M4 between the Desainagar and Sibaya traffic circles and a 16km run through the sugar cane fields surrounding the Sibaya Casino complex. 200 participants are expected.

We will report on traffic implications later.


11h00….Conflicting stories are coming from the organisers about road closures but the consensus seems to be that the Main Road to La Mercy will be closed from 06h30 until 08h00 and the M4 will be closed between Desainagar and Sibaya from 06h00 until 12h00 noon. Ian Feely assured us that locals from and visitors to La Mercy and La Mercy would be allowed to use these roads for necessary trips providing they had proof of residence. However he has been unable to confirm this in writing and could only direct us to his “route planner”, Damien who told us that nobody would be allowed to use the roads during the “designated times”. We wish all athletes good luck for the event and all locals, visitors and traders patience throughout this Sunday morning disruption. More info at

Cold Winter Snap?

24th May 2007. The first cold snap of winter hit South Africa yesterday with heavy frosts in Johannesburg where the temperature maxed at 8 degrees……even snow in Plettenburg Bay!... Meanwhile in La Mercy, the Bush Tavern proudly announced that it had fixed its air conditioner at last, whilst surfers enjoyed perfect conditions in wonderful winter swells and a water temperature of 24 degrees mmmm…this is the best time of the year in La Mercy – warm sunny days and beautiful surf.

La Mercy Airport Latest

The Draft EIA was released on 3rd May 2007 and comments must be submitted by 25th May!!!

There will be a public meeting at La Mercy Conference Centre on Wednesday, 9th May at 18h00. Be there, but be informed beforehand so that you can make a positive contribution – simply click here to go to our special “Airport Updates” page for all the details on the Draft EIA and background info, including Thabo’s speech to parliament on The Dube Tradeport, the masterplan for 2010 and much more.

La Mercy Rides Massive Storms

Phew, what a week!!... Sunday, 18th March the surf started growing and by Tuesday 20th March 2007 the entire eastern seaboard of South Africa was lashed by giant 10m waves that had been whipped up by a cyclone off Madagascar which combined with the highest spring tides in 18 years caused by the sun, moon and earth all lining up (see tide tables), led to destruction aplenty.


La Mercy rode the storms magnificently and unlike our less fortunate neighbours to the North and South there was no damage to any La Mercy properties as they are all built safely above the highest of high water lines.  Waves pounded over North and South Beach roads and both had to be closed temporarily due to huge undercuts and collapses. However, nobody was hurt and the Metro Police and Emergency Services soon had the situation under control. Within a day the council had up to eleven trucks queuing up to offload granite aggregate into gaping holes in the road and soon all was operational again although it will take some time for a complete re-build of the roads and Nature to heal the devastation to our dunes.


Throughout this, your web hosts, Julie and Bob, were in Cape Town and so we didn’t get any pictures of the waves! However we have created a special Equinox page with pictures of the damage and repair work (click here). Please send us any photos of the waves that you would like added to this page…… there could be a big prize for the best submission – so watch this space!!! (send jpeg pics to

Umdloti Conservancy Response to King Shaka Airport

What do they think?...Details are on the Umdloti Conservancy page – click here

Airport construction to begin in March 2007

The development of the new King Shaka airport at La Mercy is set to go ahead on a tight schedule that leaves very little room for error or objection.


This week the provincial government and the Airports Company of South Africa (Acsa) announced at a media briefing that construction at the site would begin in March next year and would be completed in time for the Soccer World Cup.


The "master schedule" assumes that the Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) will be accepted by the Department of Environmental Affairs and Tourism and rubber stamped in time for the March 7 deadline for the start of construction.


A plan for expanding parking areas at Durban International Airport has also been cancelled.

Acsa board member, Sipho Sithole, said phases two and three of the extension of parking facilities at Durban International would not go ahead as the new King Shaka airport was expected to be up and running in 2010.


The future of the Virginia Airport is also in the balance, although the subject is not covered in the draft scoping report and operators at the airport have not yet been consulted.

Rohan Persad, CEO of Dube Tradeport, said the eThekwini Council, which owns the Virginia Airport, said it would handle the matter.

Airport manager, Glen Bryce, said operators were concerned about their future, and had not yet been consulted. Bryce said about 30 companies, 15 aviation centres and seven flight schools operated from Virginia.


Bryce said the Wings Club Forum, representing Virginia operators, had requested a meeting with Jennifer Mander from the Institute of Natural Resources (INR). The INR prepared the scoping report for the development of the airport and the Dube Trade Port.


The report was released on Monday, August 21, and interested and affected parties will have six weeks to comment on the findings.


Despite the tight schedule, NRI granted a two week extension for responses to the La Mercy Environmental Forum.


Although the report highlights the impact of, among other issues, noise levels, the developers are upbeat that there are no real concerns that could stop the development.


KwaZulu-Natal Premier S'bu Ndebele said negotiations on the details regarding the land, procurement, commercial, technical and legal issues were at an advanced stage.


"All regulatory approvals are also simultaneously under way, including the Environmental Impact Assessment . . . All iss-ues identified by the EIA process can be managed and mitigation measures will be put in place to address them," said Ndebele.


eThekwini mayor, Obed Mlaba, said it was a 40-year-old project so "why worry about the EIA".

From Sunday Tribune written by 




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