Swazi Observer - - NATIONAL NEWS - By Starsky Mkhonta

THE re­fur­bish­ment of the road

Sililo Av­enue Nh­langano is al­most com­plete, the Chief Ex­ec­u­tive Of­fi­cer (CEO) Apollo Mapha­lala has said.

Mapha­lala said 90 per cent of the work was com­plete and in a few weeks time, the project would be done.

Pots Con­struc­tion was awarded the ten­der. Ini­tially it was planned that the project would cost around E7.4 mil­lion, but be­cause of an ad­di­tional stretch of the road be­tween (new) Sho­prite and Boxer Stores, that has been tarred it now cost more.

“The re­fur­bish­ment of this road is not yet fin­ished as the com­pany is still on site. The road has been opened for use by mo­torists but it does not mean that it is fin­ished. The com­pany is work­ing on the walk­ways and pave­ment as well

along the in

mark­ings of the lines and a few other things. It’s just a mat­ter of weeks to have ev­ery­thing com­pleted,” said Mapha­lala.

Mapha­lala said the other rea­son they de­cided to open the road for use, was be­cause to­day (Fri­day), the town would be busy.

“We have de­cided to have the road opened for use be­cause of the Umh­langa event to take place this week. Again, we have been re­li­ably in­formed that it’s likely that the coun­try’s au­thor­i­ties might of­fi­ci­ate in some of the projects around this town dur­ing their stay in the re­gion. We re­solved that we should have the road opened for use while the com­pany is still do­ing the last touchups,” said Mapha­lala.

Mapha­lala said so far his of­fice was im­pressed with the work done by the com­pany.

“We are still mon­i­tor­ing the progress but for the work done so far, I must say we are im­pressed,” said Mapha­lala.

The CEO, who it is be­lieved has achieved more than any of those who once served in that po­si­tion, thanked all road users for their co­op­er­a­tion while work was tak­ing place.

“We still re­quest road users to be pa­tient with us as the com­pany is about to wind up its work. Oc­cu­pants of the residential places next to the road also demon­strated pa­tience and for that we are grate­ful. We are also thank­ful to all the busi­nesses that were some­how af­fected by this project. Things like this hap­pen when de­vel­op­ment takes place and may the spirit shown by every­one pre­vail even in fu­ture projects to be car­ried in our town,” said Mapha­lala.

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