R13m facelift for three ELM roads

MEC Mamabolo announces rehabilitation of Old Golden Highway, Adams and Vilakazi.

Work is underway to rehabilitate three arterial roads in Emfuleni Local Municipality.

The R13-million roads rehabilitation project launched by the Gauteng MEC for Roads and Transport Jacob Mamabolo on Thursday (15 August 2019) will improve road safety and enhance the local economy.

The Gauteng Department of Roads and Transport is spending over R13 million to rehabilitate three roads - Old Golden Highway (R6,5m), Adams (R2,5m) and Vilakazi (R4,5m) which are crucial in linking Sebokeng to Evaton, and connect residents and businesses of Emfuleni Local Municipality to provincial and national roads.

Following a briefing at the Vereeniging Regional Office, the MEC was joined for a tour of the three roads earmarked for rehabilitation in Sebokeng and Evaton, by Sedibeng District Municipality Executive Mayor Councillor Busisiwe Modisakeng and Emfuleni Local Municipality’s Member of the Mayoral Committee for Infrastructure Planning, Development and Asset Management Councillor Khethiwe Ntombela.

Councillors Babie Khumalo (Ward 18), Moeketsi Mosooa (Ward 29) and Vusi Mnune (Ward 43), and their counterparts from neighboring wards were also present at the launch to offer their support to the project.

Speaking at the construction sites where contractors have already begun the work of rebuilding the roads, MEC Mamabolo warned all appointed companies to complete the projects in time, build quality roads and endeavor to employ and empower local residents and businesses. “Local employment, local empowerment,” he said.

MEC Mamabolo said rehabilitating the road network will save lives and facilitate the movement of people and goods in the municipality.

“The Road network supports the quality of life of people by facilitating their movement. Bad roads cause accidents and place the lives of our people at risk,” he said.  MEC Mamabolo pleaded with residents of the municipality to discontinue the disturbing trend of burning roads during protests. “The issue of burning roads must come to an end,” said the MEC.

RehabillitationGauteng Roads and Transport MEC Jacob Mamabolo (middle) is flanked by Sedibeng District Municipality Executive Mayor Councillor Busisiwe Modisakeng (right) and Emfuleni Local Municipality’s Member of the Mayoral Committee for Infrastructure Planning, Development and Asset Management Councillor Khethiwe Ntombela (left), and other stakeholders including Ward Councillors and bus and taxi operators, during the launch of the roads rehabilitation project in Sebokeng and Evaton.

By Wandisile Kunene
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