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.

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