21 July 2016 - After raising the issue of the worrying state of roads during the Integrated Development Planning public participation processes earlier this year, residents of Emfuleni would be pleased to know that the Municipality has begun a three year-long multi-million rand project to fix potholes and repair roads.
Officially launching the R45-million Rehabilitation and Resealing of Existing Tarred Roads project at Umtata Street in Three Rivers on Thursday 21 July, Emfuleni Municipality Executive Mayor, Councillor Mahole Simon Mofokeng said:
“As part of our Getting The Basics Right: Our Programme for Restoration strategic thrust, we made a commitment in June while delivering the State of the Municipality Address that one of the matters we will tackle as a matter of urgency during this financial year is the issue of the poor state of our roads. Today, we launch a project that will improve the state of our road infrastructure – and contribute to growing our local economy.”
The project, which has already seen contractors fix potholes in Umgeni and Limpopo roads in Three Rivers, among others, is spread among seven contractors patching potholes and resurfacing some critical roads in Emfuleni. The contractors are as follows:
- Actophambili Roads (Vanderbijlpark priority roads)
- Prophalt (Sebokeng and Evaton priority roads)
- Mlokothwa Construction (Rust-ter-Vaal, Unitas Park and Sonland Park priority areas)
- Magic Labour (Duncanville and Steel Park priority roads)
- Asatico Civil and Construction (Arcon Park, Springcoll and Waldrift priority roads)
- Axton Matrix Construction (Sharpeville and Bedworth Park priority roads)
- Sedtrade (Three Rivers priority roads) and
- Sedtrade (Vereeniging CBD).
“Through this project, we are also showing that we are indeed a listening government. Our people highlighted the issue of the state of our roads in almost every Integrated Development Planning (IDP) meeting that we held a few months ago and we heard their cries. In order to revitalize the economy of Emfuleni, we need good roads,” the Executive Mayor said.
According to the contract, the seven appointed contractors will need to self-fund for a period of six months before the Municipality pays them.
Besides providing relief to motorists, the project is expected to have many other spin-offs, not least job creation for some residents.
Issued on behalf of the Emfuleni Local Municipality
Enquiries: Lebo Mofokeng
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