Road repairs cost over R1 billion

By Drum Digital
10 October 2012

The Eastern Cape roads and public works department spent more than R1 billion repairing roads damaged by floods, the Dispatch Online reported on Wednesday.

According to the department's 2011/12 annual report, the department has had to respond to a series of devastating floods since November 2010, which caused severe damage to the already fragile provincial road network.

The department had to delay other projects as funds were directed to the damaged areas.

There was however not enough money available, and an application for additional funding was made to the provincial treasury. Department spokesman Sisanda George confirmed an application for funding was submitted.

George said his department had been allocated an additional R1 billion for the current financial year, with R166 million of that earmarked for flood relief.

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