Wild Coast toll road goes ahead Wild Coast toll road gets the nod amid some opposition

2015-07-23 06:01

CONSTRUCTION of the proposed N2 Wild Coast toll road is expected to start in September 2016.

This was confirmed by the minister­ of Rural Development and Land Reform, Gugile Nkwinti at a public consultation meeting in Bizana­ last Thursday.

The new 80km extension to the N2 along the coast is expected to be financed by new toll gates on the N2 in Isipingo and another one on the South Coast.

“We are left with 13 months before construction starts,” said Nkwinti.

However, in an e.tv interview in October last year, Sanral spokesperson Vusi Mona said the organisation­ will not proceed with building a toll gate in Isipingo after companies in that area, led by Toyota­, took Sanral to court.

He also confirmed this in a media statement in November.

On the Wild Coast there has also been toll-road opposition and some communities have expressed disapproval.

The Amadiba Crisis Committee, which represents Pondoland communities­, has indicated that it is against construction of the toll road as it would mean relocation of homesteads, fields and graves.

The minister said if court processes against the construction of the toll road persist, the project will start in 2017.

He assured people that before construction starts, houses, graves and fields will be moved to suitable alternative land.

The minister said that a survey, commissioned by Sanral about the proposed new route, indicated “an almost unanimous level of support” for this development.

“The primary reasons given for the support of the proposed N2 Wild Coast toll road are based on the perception that the construction will provide employment opportunities.

Sanral argues that communities along the N2 Wild Coast are among the poorest in the country and the construction of the toll road would bring much-needed employment to the area,” said Nkwinti­

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