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Minister to kick off road upgrade drive

2011-04-14 22:20

Johannesburg - Transport Minister Sibusiso Ndebele will launch a nation-wide drive called S’hamba Sonke (moving together) to upgrade and maintain roads next week in Durban, the department said on Thursday.

Department spokesperson Sam Monareng said the programme would be launched on Monday April 18 at the Inkosi Albert Luthuli International Convention Centre (Durban ICC) at 09:30 for 10:00.

"The S’hamba Sonke programme will see the department of transport launching a new roads upgrade and maintenance initiative to fix and upgrade the entire secondary roads network of South Africa," he said.

Monareng said in a statement the programme would create new opportunities for emerging contractors and jobs across the country. The nation-wide drive would focus on the maintenance of the secondary road infrastructure using labour intensive methods of construction and maintenance, which would cost R6.4bn between 2011/2012.

Monareng said the transport department set aside R7.5bn in 2012/2013 and R8.2bn for 2013/2014, which would amount to a total of R22.3bn in the medium term.

As a target in relation to the routine maintenance of roads and infrastructure in line with the Zibambele initiative approximately 70 000 jobs would be created during the 2011/2012 financial year.

"Zibambele, which means 'doing it ourselves', is a form of routine road maintenance using labour-intensive methods in which a family or household is contracted through a provincial department to maintain a specific length of road on a part-time basis.

The national roll-out of the Zibambele initiative will form part of S’hamba Sonke."

S’hamba Sonke would include a massive potholes patching programme that would become national following the launch, and a national potholes hotline would also be started to report potholes country-wide.

Roads engineers and superintendents would also be deployed across roads network with the responsibility to address potholes and infrastructure maintenance.

"In partnership with all provinces, the S’hamba Sonke programme will improve access to schools, clinics and other social and economic opportunities by drastically upgrading the secondary roads network and fixing and repairing potholes throughout the country."

Comments
  • THX1148 - 2011-04-15 07:52

    Oh please. These are just pre-election promises. In another 4 years, money will have been spent, pockets will have been lines but no roads will have been fixed.

  • THX1148 - 2011-04-15 07:52

    Oh please. These are just pre-election promises. In another 4 years, money will have been spent, pockets will have been lines but no roads will have been fixed.

  • THX1148 - 2011-04-15 07:53

    Oh please. These are just pre-election promises. In another 4 years, money will have been spent, pockets will have been lines but no roads will have been fixed.

  • logical007 - 2011-04-15 08:09

    Why do they always have to have a meeting at a convention centre to discuss problems - How about email of what is required, tenders emailed / delivered back, and an email to give the go ahead, and wow all set, job gets done?? But the expense of using the convention centre to discuss what we all know and get no where ??? come on stiop wasting MONEY!

  • psydomx - 2011-04-15 09:25

    I live in rural kzn, i see daily what these road upgrade employees do, sweet F all, when i pass them they are sleeping a few hours later i pass again they are still sleeping . Now really stop wasting our money and get competent systems in place so that some work actually gets done. Oh ja , and stop blaming the former government for the deteriorating infrastructure, if it wasnt for the big money grab our road would still be up to standard.

  • MaLemmer - 2011-04-15 09:57

    Moving backwards at an ever increasing pace!

  • dbollaert - 2011-04-15 11:10

    About bloody time! Now just do it properly and without corruption or wastage of OUR taxpayer money. Needs good QA systems to ensure quality. Would also like to see strict SLAs (i.e. if a pothole is reported, it WILL be fixed in 3 days in Urban, 5 days in Rural for example)

  • CheekySod - 2011-04-15 12:17

    The roads have decayed to the point where filling potholes are the equivalent of trying to pump the ocean dry. A lot of the roads needs to be replaced. Also, because of the increase in haulage via truck, a lot of the roads are carrying loads exceeding the design capacity. This results in vastly increased wear and no amount of patching will solve the problems. This is a very disappointing news report indicating that South Africans can expect more detours and extended forced stops, without the core problems facing our road infrastructure being addressed.

  • Zaid Motala - 2011-04-21 12:22

    Sorry to go against the grain here and be a bit positive, but i actually have seen quite a bit of work being done on secondary roads in KZN. Recently i drove from Estcourt to Bergville via Winterton, and for the patches that were already complete (10%) it was an absolute pleasure and improvement from last year... Lets hope they complete the entire network as promised!

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