The maintenance work on the road between Bultfontein and Wesselsbron will create 120 temporary employment opportunities for Small Medium Micro Enterprises (SMMEs). The MEC for Police, Roads and Transport, Sam Mashinini, officially handed over the project to the contractor on 3 July, thus started the work on the 12 km stretch road. Beneficial to the locals is the appointment of subcontractors to work on the project. According to the department, the total cost of the project is over R21 million. Local subcontractors have been allocated approximately 30% of the budget allocated for the road maintenance project.The maintenance work on this road is expected to run for a period of six months. This road stretches through predominantly agriculture areas and is mainly used by farmers. The road maintenance is important to boosting agriculture trade between the North West and the Free State, thereby contributing to the human development index and to boost the economy in the province. According to the department, the maintenance project was fundamental towards sustainable development of the Nala Local Municipality which is a key area of Free State agriculture. In 2014, former Minister of Transport, Dipuo Peters, indicated that South Africa needed R149 billion to address its huge maintenance backlog on the national road network. Peters said 10% of roads in the country were in good condition, while 60% were in poor conditions.