New ma­chin­ery will help pave Ko­mani’s gravel roads

Daily Dispatch - - NEWS - ZINE GE­ORGE Po­lit­i­cal Editor zineg@dis­patch.co.za

Plans to pave gravel roads lead­ing to schools, clin­ics and farms are afoot.

Roads and trans­port MEC Weziwe Tikana an­nounced this at the of­fi­cial un­veil­ing of R100mil­lion worth of new plant ma­chin­ery on Fri­day in Ko­mani.

She said the op­tion to pave roads in­stead of grav­el­ling would help deal with the ris­ing costs of main­tain­ing the pro­vin­cial and mu­nic­i­pal roads net­work.

Cur­rently, she said, tax­pay­ers paid between R900,000 and R1mil­lion to resur­face 1km of gravel road. But even then, when heavy rains fell, the roads of­ten got washed away.

Tikana said the depart­ment would in­tro­duce paving be­cause “not only does it cost much less, but lo­cal sup­pli­ers of raw ma­te­rial like sand also stand to ben­e­fit.”

She said hun­dreds of jobs would be cre­ated at lo­cal level.

She said the pri­or­ity would be to fo­cus on roads lead­ing to farms, schools, clin­ics and hos­pi­tals.

The event was also at­tended by Enoch Mgi­jima mayor Si­sisi To­lashe, O R Tambo Dis­trict Mu­nic­i­pal­ity mayor No­makhosazana Meth and act­ing deputy di­rec­tor-gen­eral for in­fra­struc­ture Mzi Mafani.

Tikana said two teams would be ded­i­cated to as­sist­ing the trou­bled Enoch Mgi­jima mu­nic­i­pal­ity, af­ter some of its fleet was auc­tioned off to pay off a ser­vice provider.

Pic­ture: SINO MAJANGAZA

PAVING THE WAY: Pro­vin­cial trans­port MEC Weziwe Tikana, in black, right, ac­com­pa­nied by, from left, Enoch Mgi­jima mayor Si­sisi To­lashe and O R Tambo mayor No­makhosazana Meth dur­ing the of­fi­cial de­liv­ery of R100-mil­lion worth of plant ma­chin­ery in Ko­mani

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