The R20 million Ottery Road rehabilitation project, which is expected to begin this month, will provide much-needed temporary employment and skills development to residents from surrounding areas.“Up to 7% of the project contract value will be spent on temporary work opportunities to residents from the area and a further 10% on attaining the services of local enterprises within these wards,” said Mayco member for transport, Felicity Purchase, on Thursday 19 September.The project will include portions of Ottery and Olieboom roads which provide important links off Jakes Gerwel Drive and Govan Mbeki Dive to the Phillipi Horticultural and Industrial area.Purchase added that they are investing in the project to ensure that the businesses in the area will benefit. It will also relieve traffic congestion.“The rehabilitated section of the road will cover a distance of 1km. New sidewalks will be constructed in the southern section of Ottery Road. The traffic circle, as well as, other existing sidewalks will also be rehabilitated,” Purchase said. If all goes well, the construction is expected to take up to eight months.Ward 43 residents are encouraged to make use of this opportunity and register at their local subcouncil offices on the jobseekers database. To feature on the list of sub-contractors, local businesses must also register at the offices. For more information, contact 021 391 0021.