The Gauteng roads and transport department has set aside R8,75 billion to catalyze the province’s economic recovery and growth.
Gauteng MEC for Roads and Transport Jacob Mambolo said this at a briefing to provide more details on the Gauteng Budget for 2022.
HOW GAUTENG ROADS AND TRANSPORT WILL USE THE MONEY
The department will spend R2,5 billion on Transport Infrastructure projects which include planning, design, construction and maintenance, of the allocated funds.
Furthermore, R2,9 billion will be towards transport operations and R2,45 billion will be allocated to the Gautrain for operational expenses and subsidies.
Mamabolo indicated that the department has appointed an independent reputable legal firm with extensive experience in contract law to help them manage time, cost, and quality as the critical components of transport infrastructure delivery.
He said that was done as part of safeguarding the funds and ensuring that the people of the province get value for money.
“The Compliance Office is located within the Department’s Transport Infrastructure House (TIH), it is a platform that was created to solve, troubleshoot, and unblock the project delivery pipeline.
“Through the TIH, the department has a bird’s eye view of all processes that take place in the roads and transport branches. Furthermore, it also has a view of other units that play a critical role in supporting the mandate of the department,”said the department.
Through the use of smart tools such as drones, project management dashboards, and service level agreements, the Compliance Office forms an integral part of contract management and will enhance performance management of all the department’s service providers.
“This office is already helping us fast-track delivery through accountability and real-time monitoring,” added the Mamabolo.
In addition, the Department is partnering with the private sector to build roads that will help improve mobility and support developers.
Mamabolo said in this financial year, they will also enter into a partnership to redesign the Graystone Drive /M1 interchange to improve traffic flow.
The Department will also design and construct the Craddlestone interchange, the K14 Rainbow Junction bridge over the Apies River and the Vaal River Interchange.
ROAD CONSTRUCTION IN THE PROVINCE TO CONTINUE
The following road construction projects commenced during the last financial year and will continue this year:
- Vaal River City: Construction of new interchange and access roads on the R42 (Barrage Road) in Vereeniging,
- K101 Phase 1: Upgrading (Doubling) road P1/2 (K101) old Pretoria /Johannesburg Road) From N1 Rooihuskraal interchange to road D795.
- K14: Single carriageway of K14 from P2-5 (R513) Cullinan Road to Rayton road D483 (R516) to bypass Cullinan,
- K46 Phase 2 -William Nicol between PWV5 (Juskei River) and Diepsloot,
- 15 Phase 3: Upgrading of K15 Adcock Road between K102 Main Str Dobsonville to Wild Chestnut Str Protea Glen,
- K56 Upgrade between K46 (William Nicol Drive) and P79/1 (Main RD) as well as the extension of Erling Rd,
- K73: Upgrading of road K73 between Woodmead Drive and Allandale Road (D58),
- P39/1 Heavy Rehabilitation from km30 Diepsloot to km43 Muldersdrift approx. 14.35km,
- P175/1: Rehabilitation of Road P175/1 from Vanderbijlpark to Potchefstroom Phase 2.
In light of that, department said it is at an advanced stage in establishing the Public Transport Arbitration Office.
The office is part of improving security and stability in the public transport system.
“The Gauteng Provincial Legislature has already passed regulations to support the establishment of the office. It will deal with public transport-related disputes and conflicts,”explained Mamabolo.
Lastly, the department reaffirmed the position of the provincial government in calling for the scrapping of E-tolls, “which continue to add to the high cost of travel for the people of our province.”
“We await a decision from the national government and that decision should be that of scrapping this ill-fated system,”concluded Mamabolo.