R400m bill for KZN's weathered roads

2011-07-28 21:20

Kwadukuza - The economic cost of road closures caused by snow falls in KwaZulu-Natal is an estimated R400m, Co-operative Governance MEC Nomusa Dube said on Thursday.

Traffic authorities had estimated that goods valued at R10m travel along the N3 every hour, she said.

"The road was closed for 40 hours and that means that the cost of road closures may be estimated in the region of R400m."

Snowfalls closed major KwaZulu-Natal roads, resulting in massive economic loss. Dube had been told there were 150 trucks per kilometre when the N3 road re-opened on Wednesday after it was closed due to snow.

She had dispatched a team to assess the needs of the communities affected by the snowfalls and rain.

Mpendle, Richmond and Mkhambathini were affected by rain. "At least nine houses were completely destroyed affecting 30 people,” Dube said.

Twenty houses had been completely destroyed and 144 houses partially destroyed in Ilembe district municipality and Kwadukuza local municipality.

Dube also visited the family of Xolani Gwala who died when a house collapsed on him at Durban's Kennedy Road informal settlement.

"The accident was unfortunate but as government we are committed to help the family with funeral arrangements," said Dube during the visit.

  • SkepTick - 2011-07-28 21:39

    R400m? Nomusa presumably studied Transport Economics at the University of Zululand. Heaven help us all !

      Micah - 2011-07-28 22:35

      She is appealing to the government to award her a tender so that she can recover so of this moni that has been lost. The cost of the tenda is aproximately R1.5 billion but she is very confidenti that at least half of the moni can be recovered. Haha Nomusa is a f#*ken genius, she worked all of this out all by herself. Great work at least we can see you are doing your job sic*

      biskit - 2011-07-29 10:30

      Shes smoking some good socks - thats for sure

  • pisang - 2011-07-28 21:47

    there is only a cost in time delay. The goods were not 'lost' and still retain their value. what happens when they are eventually delivered... will he say that SA had an economic boost of R400 million?

      PSquare - 2011-07-28 22:00

      Idiotic comment is idiotic. Do you imply that there is no loss to the economy during a protracted strike because the striking workers eventually return to work? Piss off moron

      pisang - 2011-07-28 22:08

      @Psquare: U Moron!, we are not talking about labour u idiot, we are talking about the value of goods. your man in government implies that the total value of goods is lost....Moron Go back to school and lear how to read

      PSquare - 2011-07-28 22:18

      "...economic cost of road closures " maybe you should read the article again. Better still stick to the Beeld version because it's clear your comprehension of the English language is worse than Malema's woodworking skills...LOL One more thing, Nomusa is a woman. It just goes to show how uninformed you are - trailer trash from Brakpan.

      pisang - 2011-07-29 00:33

      "Traffic authorities had estimated that goods valued at R10m travel along the N3 every hour, she said. "The road was closed for 40 hours and that means that the cost of road closures may be estimated in the region of R400m." Psquare, you really are a plank..... learn some maths: R10M per hour (Valuation of Goods) X 40 hours = R400m their comment is directly associated with the "value" of goods. You dont have an intellectual argument so you resort to personal comments. says alot about your character

      PSquare - 2011-07-29 08:57

      I'm getting ready to rest my case. Clearly you don't understand the time value of money.

  • marc.wentworth - 2011-07-28 21:54

    what crap! did he suck those figures out his arse? what research has been done in the matter other than sucking his thumb.

      Hamilton Ngwenya - 2011-07-28 22:08

      Nomusa is a female 'wise guy?'.

      biskit - 2011-07-29 08:01

      She looks like a he

  • Jarryd - 2011-07-28 22:14

    They accidently misread 400m off the dartboard, the 'real' figure is only 10m. Apologies for the inconvenience.

  • Proudly SA - 2011-07-28 22:19

    I am sure Malema and cronies will be trying to allocate the tenders for these road repairs for a small fee which off course is for charity - probably time to buy shares in Johnny Walker as trade will boom

  • Boxxer - 2011-07-28 22:39

    Would be nice if the rail system ran like it did.

  • Jackman - 2011-07-28 22:55

    How pathetically stupid you have made yourself look woman. The entire countries roads are blocked all the time. especially since the roads construction 9Shocking planning -also caused MANY deaths!. Why don't you give us some annual loss and death toll figures figures for the last 20 years, or would that really be stupid??????! This Government is beyond a joke! Rob

  • Zakhele - 2011-07-29 09:36

    That means the KZN Province turns over = 400 million X 365/2 = 73 Trillion Rands per year. i.e. R 73 Trillion. Mawe mama, mama, amanga! No wonder the status of our country is like this. People can’t even check their numbers before the splash them in public. But these are the kind of numbers of wrong information when you employ cousins and girlfriend.

      Zakhele - 2011-07-29 09:42

      Sorry folks. The number is R73 billion. Hmmm.....the KZN province must be doing extremely well. Don't deserve government grant.

      SkepTick - 2011-07-29 09:50

      Agreed: the correct outcome is approx 10 x 40 x 0.07 / 365 x 2 (= R1 500 000), plus cost of labour and trucks idled, plus perishment; maybe R5m ? Does the woman have absolutely no grasp of orders of magnitude of money, that she can blurt out such a horrifically wrong wolf-cry? Let's hear her highest qualification in numerate studies ! (SAme as Psquare's ?)

  • cameronrh1 - 2011-07-29 12:05

    ANC declares a state of emergency. With all the snow, the country is turning white again!

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