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KZN Department of Transport to launch R 1 billion road projects

Annisa Essack | kzn@radioislm.org.za
31 May 2023 | 11:00 CAT
2 min read

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The KwaZulu-Natal Department of Transport is gearing up for a significant change to address the poor condition of several roads in the province as part of their commitment to transforming Kwazulu-Natal into a construction site.

The Department has announced the imminent launch of four major construction projects, collectively valued at almost R1 billion, poised to bring substantial regional investment.

Considering the importance of government-led economic recovery, job creation, and skills development, the KZN Department of Transport stated, “The investment of close to R1 billion combined will ensure access to important economic centres and improve mobility in the province.”

The construction of new projects while maintaining existing infrastructure is an essential priority for the provincial government. The Department recently announced an R49 million rehabilitation project for the main road P189 in Ladysmith, and plans for improving local roads were initiated.

MEC Sipho Hlomuka was scheduled to inaugurate the completed D1252 road in Loskop, within the iNkosi Langalibalele (Estcourt) Local Municipality, yesterday, 30 May 2023. The project, valued at R114 million, is set to bring significant benefits to the area.

According to the KZN Department of Transport, various local projects will be launched under the Mazibuko Traditional Council.

Today, 1 June 2023, MEC Hlomuka will begin the construction of the Buffalo River Bridge, connecting uMsinga and iNquthu. The project carries a price tag exceeding R78 million. In addition, the Department will assist motorists and car dealerships in uMsinga by commissioning motor license services.

Marine Drive, or P359, connects Port Shepstone, Margate, and other key tourism hubs. MEC Hlomuka will commence a comprehensive rehabilitation project on Friday, 2 June 2023. The project, valued at R580 million, is expected to generate employment opportunities for unemployed youth and benefit emerging contractors.

On Saturday, 3 June 2023, MEC Hlomuka will kick off the construction of the Cabane River Bridge in uMzimkhulu, located in the Harry Gwala District. With an investment of R34 million, this bridge holds immense potential for the region.

The MEC expressed his commitment to improved service delivery, adding that the focus on infrastructure delivery, as outlined in both the State of the Province Address and the Department of Transport’s Budget Policy Speech, is crucial for boosting the local economy and improving the lives of our citizens.

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