DA warns about deteriorating roads

2017-03-01 10:14
The condition of the R76 Road is life-threatening. Photo: Facebook

The condition of the R76 Road is life-threatening. Photo: Facebook

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Roy Jankielsohn, DA member of the Free State Legislature, has lamented the deteriorating roads in the province, blaming the Free State government’s inability to maintain the infrastructure.

Jankielsohn expressed his concern during the debate on the State of the Province Address in the Fourth Raadzaal in Bloemfontein on Friday (24/02).

He was reacting to Premier Ace Magashule’s State of the Province Address on Tuesday, 21 February.

Magashule took stock of the government’s achievements and targets sets in transforming the Free State socio-economic situation.

Jankielsohn stated that the worrying state of the province’s socio-economy and deteriora­ting road infrastructure is a direct result of poor ANC governance year after year.

“Roads that are constructed or repaired quickly deteriorate after the work has been done.

“Contractors in all provincial departments are notorious for abandoning projects after receiving generous payments from the government in advance,” Jankielsohn said.

One of the most important routes between Viljoenskroon and Steynsrus via Kroonstad, the R76, is life-threatening due to large potholes in the road.

For years, residents have been complaining about the Abrahamskraal Road in Bainsvlei while the Mangaung Metro and the provincial government squabble over whose responsibility it is.

In his address, Magashule stated that the development and maintenance of road infrastructure is one of the pillars of the economic deve­lopment.

“Road infrastructure is a catalyst for job creation, particularly for the historically disadvantaged individuals.”

He announced that construction was underway for the Shannon transport route, Hoopstad-Bultfontein route, Bothaville-Kroonstad route, Deneysville-Heilbron route and the Bloemfontein-Dewetsdorp-Wepener route.

He added that he envisages the creation of 414 jobs.

Jankielsohn warned of the negative impact of neglected infrastructure.

“Investors require good transport infrastructure, reliable municipal services and credible officials and politicians to sell investment opportunities to them,” he said.

“Our provincial road infrastructure continues to deteriorate due to a lack of maintenance. The premier must note that private sector investment in the province takes place in municipalities.

“But how can business-minded people invest here when municipalities in the Free State owe Eskom over R4 billion? When residents and businesses regularly face threats of electricity outages due to non-payment by local councils?”


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