Nelson Mandela Bay seeks R1.4bn from DBSA

2011-07-13 07:25

Nelson Mandela Bay Municipality is applying for R1.3 billion in funding from the Development Bank of SA (DBSA) to help it tackle major infrastructure backlogs, the Herald Online reported today.

If the grant is approved, programmes planned include tarring of gravel roads, upgrading of major roads and refurbishment of bulk storm-water projects.

Municipal spokesman Kupido Baron said that the upgrading of the William Moffett Expressway, Grahamstown Road, Magennis Street in Uitenhage and Glen Hurd Drive were also among the projects forming part of the application.

The municipality needs R1.3 billion to upgrade the major roads and R44 million for bulk storm-water drainage.

The metro’s cash flow crisis has placed bulk sewerage upgrades, and infrastructure and engineering projects in some township areas, on the back burner.

Newly appointed infrastructure and engineering portfolio committee chairperson Andile Mfunda said his team was working to address the backlogs.

“We are in the process of drawing up a business plan for funding because our budget will never be enough to deal with the backlog.

“The situation with the roads in the township and northern areas is not right and we need to get more funding. The municipality does not have enough money ... Because of our limited budget, it will have to form part of our appeal to government,” he said.

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