MR3 highway now almost completely dark
The busiest days of a year, which are in the festive season, have arrived. Sadly, motorists’ lives that would be using the MatsaphaMbabane-Ngwenya road, also known as MR3, are in danger as the highway floodlights have not been operating for a long time now.
Notably, the floodlights operate normal, especially near or at overhead bridges along the highway. However, in parts of the road (not bridges) only a few lights are functioning.
This week, some of the workers from the company contracted by government to maintain the lights were reportedly seen fixing some of the faulty lights, especially at the notorious Malagwane Hill.
The following is an assessment on the entire highway made by this publication from Manzini to Ngwenya.
The functioning lights start from Logoba to Mahhala and as mentioned at the overhead bridges, including at Mahhala.
At the road leading to Mfabantfu, the lights are working but from Mfabantu before Lozitha Bridge, the highway is dark.
After the bridge to Elangeni, there are no lights while the solar lights in the Royal link road are working properly.
From Elangeni to near Satellite Bridge, there is complete darkness whil e at t he br i dge s ol a r lights are operating. After the bridge to from Ka Mkhonta bus s t a t i on Mvutshini, again the lights are not functioning. Some parts of Bahai’s do not have floodlights at all.
F r o m Emvakwelitje (except the overhead br i dges) , Zone 2, Manzana a nd Sidwashini, the lights are not working at all. After the overhead bridge from Sidwashini to Nkoyoyo, the lights again are not functional.
The same thing can be said about Nkoyoyo to Ngwenya Border Gate, where the lights only work at the overhead bridges.
Means to discuss the matter in detail with the ministry of public works and transport were completely unsuccessfully.
This is because t he minist r y ’ s Communications Officer Mayibongwe Dlamini a nd Principal Secretary Makhosi Mndawe did not answer their phones on Friday and yesterday.
This was after they were called numerous times.
Meanwhile, t he ministry’s Chief Road Engineer Vincent Dlamini was also not r e a c habl e on hi s mobile phone.
However, Minister of Works a nd Transport Chief Ndlaluhlaza Ndwandwe, when reached yesterday, asked to first consult his technicians on the matter before he could make a comment.
When called later on, his phone rang unanswered. This is despite that he had promised to contact the reporter after his consultations but he had not done so by the time of going to print.