THE community of Extension 7 in Kokstad has welcomed the maintenance of gravel roads in the area after Greater Kokstad Municipality allocated R8 million for the job. Community member Mziwamadoda Sogayise said Extension 7 residents have been asking for the roads to be maintained and their requests have been answered. Last year the community marched to the municipality offices complaining about high rates and the lack of development on the roads. “The municipality was delayed because of the legal implications, but by March a contractor will be on site. People of Extension 7 have been suffering for a long time, but the municipality has answered them because they are ratepayers,” said acting municipal manager, Andile Velem. Maintenance will first focus on the main roads and streets. The total amount for the project is estimated to be around R30 million, but for this financial year the municipality has budgeted R8 million. The project is expected to be complete in 10 months, starting from now.