The Eastern Cape Government in charge of road rehabilitation programmes is taking action against poor road infrastructure in the province.
EASTERN CAPE GOVT HOLD TALKS ABOUT POOR ROAD MAINTENANCE
Eastern Cape MEC for Transport Xolile Nqatha convened a meeting today, Monday, 24 October during which he tabled an action plan to deal with road-related complaints.
“In response to poor road maintenance infrastructure in Mnquma Local Municipality, in particular, the road from Butterworth to Centane; MEC Xolile Nqatha convened a meeting today with all stakeholders including Municipal leadership, Taxi Industry, Traditional Leaders etc.”
“Speaker after speaker complained about road accidents emanating from this poor road maintenance infrastructure as result,” the department outlined.
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LIST OF IMMINENT PROMISES BY MEC NQATHA
In response to the crisis, the MEC made the following commitments:
- Expediting of processes leading to the appointment of an appropriate contractor before the end of November 2022 through legal means.
- In the interim, the Department of Transport will attend to potholes and re-gravelling as soon as possible.
- He urged the municipal leadership to convene regular meetings with stakeholders as a report-back mechanism.
HOSPITAL ON THE CARDS FOR BETTER ROAD INFRASTRUCTURE
Subsequent to the meeting with the stakeholders, the department reported that the MEC met with the Thafalofefe Hospital board executive to discuss roads enabling access to the hospital. On this score, he promised to raise the matter in Minmac for SANRAL to attend to these linking roads.
As a result of potholes in KwaZulu-Natal, former MEC for Transport, Community Safety and Liaison Neliswa Peggy Nkonyeni cheated death after a vehicle she was travelling in was involved in an accident on one of the worst roads in the province.
Nkonyeni was headed to the Dannhauser Local Municipality after concluding a fruitful meeting in uLundi, north of the province, when her vehicle reportedly burst a tyre, resulting in a rollover.
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