Beau­ti­fy­ing Rand­fontein en­vi­ron­ment

Vuk'uzenzele - - General - Nonku­l­uleko Mathe­bula

the rAND West Lo­cal Mu­nic­i­pal­ity is in­vest­ing in in­fra­struc­ture to en­sure its com­mu­ni­ties have a bet­ter qual­ity of life.

the Rand West Lo­cal Mu­nic­i­pal­ity has em­barked on in­fras­truc­tural de­vel­op­ment in the re­gion and is fix­ing roads and build­ing side­walks in two Rand­fontein town­ships, Mohlak­eng and Toekom­srus.

The aim is to beau­tify the area to make it more ap­peal­ing to lo­cals and in­vestors. “Es­sen­tially, there is no town where you will have in­vestors if your roads are not in good con­di­tion,” says mu­nic­i­pal­ity spokesper­son Tshidiso Tl­haripe.

All main in­ter­me­di­ary roads in the re­gion will have side­walks and roads in neigh­bour­ing town­ships will be prop­erly tarred, Tl­haripe says, adding that pot­holes will be re­paired.

“We are ad­dress­ing the chal- lenge to cre­ate a plea­sur­able driv­ing ex­pe­ri­ence for lo­cals and vis­i­tors. We are build­ing side­walks for the first time in Mohlak­eng and in­tend beau­ti­fy­ing the busi­ness precinct, be­cause there’s a lot of ac­tiv­ity hap­pen­ing there.”

The project has re­sulted in more than 100 job op­por­tu­ni­ties be­ing cre­ated for lo­cals.

To date, 24 of 27 roads have been tarred and R32 mil­lion has been ear­marked for up­grades, which should be com­plete in Septem­ber.

The side­walks will soon be com­pleted, with the first phase of this project es­ti­mated at R10 mil­lion.

Work has been com­pleted on Raler­ata Street and con­struc­tion is now tak­ing place on Fins­bury and Simunye streets as well as the in­ter­modal busi­ness sec­tors like Sandi and Lem­bede streets.

“We be­lieve that this will give lo­cal busi­nesses in the area a good look that will in turn boost the town­ship econ­omy,” says Tl­haripe.

He notes that the mu­nic­i­pal­ity has had good feed­back from com­mu­nity mem­bers on the work done so far.

Lo­cal res­i­dent Bella Moshup­ing says the projects are mak­ing their en­vi­ron­ment a bet­ter place to live. “Our town­ship is re­ally look­ing beau­ti­ful and we are truly grate­ful to the mu­nic­i­pal­ity for the hard work they’ve put in.

“The re­fur­bish­ments truly make us proud of be­ing from such a place, which is clearly well taken care of,” she says.

Up­grad­ing the side­walks in Mohlak­eng.

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