Jerry Ndou, MEC for Public Works, Roads and Infrastructure, during a media briefing at Roads Agency Limpopo’s (Ral) head office on Tuesday, announced that contracts for roads maintenance and refurbishment to the amount of R1,2 billion have been awarded.
The twelve major projects will be rolled out over the next three years, of which some are one year and others multi-year projects. Some roads that are partially completed, will also be finalised.
“Limpopo’s road network plays an important role in not only linking local industries to other economic hubs in South Africa and thereby boosting Limpopo’s economic development, but also makes sustainable livelihoods possible for the people of the province,” Ndou said.
Ndou said that among the projects to be rolled out, is the completion of the Ga-Mampuru Phasha road that connects Ga-Mampuru, Phasha and Ga-Malekane to Molekela in the Sekhukhune district. Contractors started to tar this road in 2011 but the job was never completed. “The Ga-Mampuru Phasha road is a critical bi-nodal road that also caters for freight passenger traffic. Therefore, it has been earmarked as a priority, and upgrading and rehabilitation of the road will commence in the next few days,” Ndou announced.
The maintenance projects will be undertaken on Road D5011 from Nkowankowa to Letsitele, Road D2526 from the R71 to Dalmada, Road D19 between Westenburg and Kalkspruit and Road D9 from Giyani to Malamulele. Resealing and maintenance of Roads D2534 and D27 from Arabie to Marble Hall, Road D2219 between Steelpoort and Jane Furse and Road D887 from Tom Burke to Alldays will also take place.
A number of roads will be upgraded from gravel to tar. Road D1392 from Ga-Malekane to Molekela, D3423 from Moletjie to Ga-Legodi to Mankgodi Road P94/1, Road P277/1 from Mukuya to Masisi and Road D4 from Matsakale to Altein to Shangoni (Kruger National Park Gate), will soon be tarred roads.
Flood damage repairs to roads will be effected on Road P135/1 from the N1 (Musina) to Pafuri and on two bridges on Roads D3213 and D3213 at Kga-Ntata.
Ndou said that he is confident that the right contractors have been selected and that the maintenance projects are set to be completed within six months.
Ndou concluded by saying that Ral is now transformed by the appointment of a new Board of Directors, a new Chief Executive Officer and a number of new executives in key positions. “The Agency, under the helm of the new leadership team, has been tasked to investigate actions that led to the partial completion of Province’s roads under the previous leadership,” Ndou added.
Story: BARRY VILJOEN