Multi-million rand access road named after Chief Luthuli

2018-05-02 06:01
PHOTO: suppliedMembers of council, the contractor, consultants and members of the Groutville community breaking the ground to mark the commencement of the Chief Albert Luthuli Farm Road route upgrade.

PHOTO: suppliedMembers of council, the contractor, consultants and members of the Groutville community breaking the ground to mark the commencement of the Chief Albert Luthuli Farm Road route upgrade.

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KWADUKUZA Mayor Ricardo Mthembu has welcomed the naming of the 1.5km bus route in Groutville after political activist and Nobel Peace Prize recipient Chief Albert Luthuli, as he officiated the sod turning of the R5, 9 million project on Tuesday, April 17.

Mthembu said this is done in honour of the late activist who organised non-violent campaigns to defy discriminatory laws in South Africa during apartheid and that it is imperative that it be named after the struggle stalwart.

“Based on the contribution Luthuli made in African politics as a leader of a revolutionary movement which fought against oppression so it is imperative that this road be reconstructed in honour of this legend. This road will symbolise the legacy of Chief Luthuli as a proponent of the struggle, noting the fact that Groutville is also the ancestral home of Chief Luthuli, he left an unforgettable mark in the history of the country,” said Mthembu.

The historic investment will create jobs, beef-up the local economy and provide easy access to key points in the rural sections of Groutville, which is a growing settlement in KwaDukuza.

After conducting an inspection at the two-lane stretch that will be surfaced with tar to cover a distance of approximately 1.5km long and 5.5 metres wide, Mthembu said the initiative is part of their Back to Basics actions.

“These ensure government delivers according to the needs expressed by our communities as part of the municipality’s integrated development plan. The road upgrade will not only contribute towards strengthening our economy and creating jobs, but will also promote safety in the strategic entry points of Groutville,” added Mthembu.

The project developer has been on site since Monday, April 24, the expected time frame for completion is five months.

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