Extra R60m for upkeep of Free State roads

2012-11-15 18:56

Bloemfontein - Road maintenance in the Free State received another R60.1m in the provincial adjustment budget on Thursday.

Free State finance MEC Seiso Mohai said some R53.5m roll-over funds from the previous financial year were earmarked for the maintenance of provincial roads.

A further amount of R6.5m was found by reprioritising government spending to road maintenance.

"As a province we had no option but to reprioritise within the allocated budget for the 2012/13 financial year," said Mohai.

Total funding available for the provincial adjustment budget was R934m, he said in the provincial legislature.

The MEC urged government departments to do things differently and to completely eradicate inefficiencies within the system.

"We urge departments and public entities, again, to continue to remain within their baselines."

Mohai said non-core or low priority programs must be scaled down.

He said the focus had shifted now to efficiency in supply chain management and service delivery towards government priorities.

An amount of R244m was also earmarked for improvement in conditions of service.

It is to cover higher than expected wage settlements, a shortfall of two percent.

  • SharonE - 2012-11-15 18:59

    First the good news: Free Staters, you are getting nice second-hand roads Bad News: Watch out for the toll booms - they are sure to follow...

  • george.pito - 2012-11-15 19:11

    And 1 Billion for Zuma road

  • leon.toerien - 2012-11-15 19:20

    Sharon you are sooooo right but the tolls will only be up after all the cANCer busses and black cars have used the roads for their election party.

  • declan.kelly.54 - 2012-11-15 19:33

    Tender frenzy!!!! Expect the roads to be a mess again within 1 year.

  • suidlander.vanwyk - 2012-11-15 19:57

    This Province has the worst roads in this country by kilometres, I have driven from South to North of the province, potholes filled with earth not tar, absolutely horrendous,I also lost my brand new tyres on these FS roads

  • mark.a.fysh - 2012-11-15 20:17

    R20 mill for the Provincial decision-makers, R20 mill for the Contractor decision-makers and R20 million for the roads. Sounds about right - unless things have deteriorated since The Compound stirred to life.

  • dirk.steenkamp.9 - 2012-11-15 20:35

    I just travelled thru eastern Free State and alongside the Sterkfontein Dam to Underberg. The worst roads I had in a 2 week 4700km trip. Hope they fix East Freestates as they need it.

  • chirnsidep - 2012-11-15 20:43

    Over R50mil roll-over funds from last year, yet Sanyati Construction was liquidated this year and 3000 staff lost their job because the Free State government said they have no funds to pay them!!! All incompetent, lying, useless, corrupt idiots that are only trying to enrich themselves and let the masses who vote for them suffer!

      stewart.j.macdonald - 2012-11-16 10:51

      That is so true.

  • dewet.debruyn - 2012-11-15 23:37

    "Earmark" some for the NC as well please. Thanks news 24 for delivering these messages to the ones that need to hear it! I feel like I really do have a voice!

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