Two roads in Giyani tendered out by Deputy Minister of Transort
The Deputy Minister of Transport, Ms Dikeledi Magadzi has announced that the tender for Thomo-to-Hlomela and Mageva-to-Makhuva roads is now out. The announcement came during her recent visit to Greater Giyani municipality.
The two roads, 32km and 29km respectively have been a bone of contention for years until the intervention of the deputy president of the country David Mabuza last year, who roped in South African National Road Agency (SANRAL) to takeover both roads from RAL, which apparently didn’t have enough budget to construct them at the time.
While the community awaits processes from SANRAL to unfold, the municipality has volunteered to tar 4km on each road in order to quicken up the tarring process so that the community would have better roads soon. Magadzi said the two roads would be constructed through what is called Labour Intensive Rural Roads Programme in order to help create jobs for the local communities.
In simply terms this means the local people that would be employed in the two projects would be left with enough skills to help them do maintenance work that would arise soon after both projects are over. She said the programme was in line with the Presidential Economic Stimulus package for the maintenance, rehabilitation and upgrading of roads with an aim to improve the economic and social conditions of rural communities. Meanwhile the project is expected to commence in the current financial year.