More tar roads for metro

2018-10-31 06:02
< The Executive Mayor, Mongameli Bobani, together with Ward 41 councillor, Simphiwe Tyukana, at the announcement of the tarring of gravel roads project in Maseti Street.Photo:KAILIN DANIELS

< The Executive Mayor, Mongameli Bobani, together with Ward 41 councillor, Simphiwe Tyukana, at the announcement of the tarring of gravel roads project in Maseti Street.Photo:KAILIN DANIELS

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THE Nelson Mandela Bay Municipality (NMBM) has launched a project on the tarring of gravel roads across various wards in the metro with an estimated budget of R83 532 950.

The Executive Mayor, Mongameli Bobani, and Member of the Mayoral Committee for Roads and Transport, Rosie Daaminds, have initiated the first phase of the project in Maseti Street in Joe Slovo.

“We are currently having meetings and saying to the community that this is what we are planning to do. The community is excited about this project and a lot of residents came out to see what we are planning. The value of works for Ward 41 is approximately R1.1 million,” Bobani said.

The project forms part of the 100 days of the mayoral programme where township roads, some of which are in poor condition, will be undergoing upgrading and repair.

In addition, the project is geared towards eradicating the backlog of roads that still need to be tarred within the human settlement areas of the metro.

“It will benefit the residents when it comes to emergency services in the metro. When it’s raining, it is extremely difficult for people to gain access to resident’s houses because of the mud and rain. Now, that will be something of the past. Also, on environmental health wise, it will be much better in these areas. The police constantly complain that they cannot do their work because of the roads. That’s going to change now,” Bobani added.

A total of R4 489 590,96 has been allocated to wards 33, 36, 37 and 41 as part of the first phase of the project.

The metro’s total backlog of gravel roads is estimated at 778km.

The budget allocation per annum is determined by the funding availability as well as the ward-based priorities determined in the Integrated Development Plan (IDP).

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