Residents close P6-3 Road demanding better service

2019-02-13 06:02
PHOTO:SuppliedProtesters in Msinga blocked the P6-3 Road with stones.

PHOTO:SuppliedProtesters in Msinga blocked the P6-3 Road with stones.

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RESIDENTS at KwaKopi in Msinga took to the streets on Wednesday, February 6 demanding the construction work of the P6-3 be completed.

Protesters claimed that the completion of the construction work is long overdue. They also claimed road construction started in 2015 and was due to be completed in 2017. As such, they demanded that MEC for Transport Mxolisi Kaunda provide them with answers.

The MEC visited the area on February 7 to address the residents and announce the contractor to the community.

Kaunda announced Xmoor Transport (PTY) Ltd as the company that will commence with the construction of the P6-3 road.

The road links Greytown, Tugela Ferry and Dundee. It is estimated to be valued at R126.1 million and will be constructed over a period of 18 months.

Of the total value of the budget, 14 companies will come from grade one and will share R2.8million, six from grade two will share R3.9 million, seven from grade 3 will share R7 million and three from grade four will share R12 million.

Kaunda said: “I would like to thank the community for their patience in awaiting the department on awarding a contract for the construction of this road.

“We are also aware that this is a sensitive period of elections, but that would not prevent us from fulfilling our service delivery mandate as government.

“This road construction started during the 2016/17 financial year and it is envisaged that it will be completed during the 2019/2020 financial year.”

Kaunda urged members of the community to report any suspicious practises that may hinder progress in the construction of the road.

He further urged community members to safeguard the infrastructure and refrain from damaging it when participating in service delivery protests.

According to Brigadier Buthelezi­ from Dundee Cluster, protesters got a permit to march from the local municipality.

“There were no cases opened. The officials from the municipality came to the scene to address the residents,” Buthelezi said.

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