RNM turns the sod for two vital projects

2018-02-22 06:00
Ray Nkonyeni Municipality leadership and other stakeholders at the sod-turning for the project to begin at theSt Michael’s intersection.PHOTO: Precious Gumede

Ray Nkonyeni Municipality leadership and other stakeholders at the sod-turning for the project to begin at theSt Michael’s intersection.PHOTO: Precious Gumede

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RAY Nkonyeni Municipality (RNM) officially handed over two sites to the awarded constructors on Tuesday for the projects to commence.

One of the projects was the widening of Commercial Road in Olso Beach just before the Esayidi TVET College and Creston College.

RNM Mayor Councillor Nomusa Mqwebu said requests were made to the municipality to reconstruct this road in order to minimise delays during the morning rush when people make their way to work and to drop off their children at school.

Mqwebu said the contractor has agreed that the project will take four months to complete and the cost of the project is just over R3 million.

The second handover on the day was the long-awaited construction of traffic lights on the Knox Gore, Marine Drive and Orange Rock Road intersection in St Michaels. The project will cost approximately R400 000 and will be completed in four weeks.

RNM manager Max Mbili indicated that the project was initially supposed to be handled by the provincial Department of Transport, however the department said it had no funds. Ward councillor George Henderson said this is a historic project, as many lives have been lost at the intersection. Henderson said it has taken a long time for the project to be initiated and he is very grateful to the municipality for making it happen.

“Indeed, I can confirm that I have put a lot of pressure on the municipality to have these traffic lights put up and finally we will get them,” said Henderson.

He said he would like to extend words of gratitude to Mbili and the mayor for always availing themselves in assisting Ward 19 residents.

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