South African National Roads Agency Limited is facing drastic changes in managing declining funding of roads in many projects in 2018/2019, in the Eastern Cape.
SANRAL’s focus on empowering communities is producing opportunities for more than 500 labourers employed from King Williams Town, East London and Peddie to work on the major road construction projects all around the Buffalo City Municipality.
SANRAL’S Southern Region Manager, Mbulelo Peterson said, they would like to express their gratitude with the cooperation of motorists and residents in and near the construction sites, and trust that the new roads will be safer to travel on for everyone.
A Consulting Firm appointed to do the scoping has been asked to identify alternatives bypasses in King Williams Town.
“In the BCM the bypasses that are linked to the upgrade of the road between Bulembu Airport and Breidbach, including the Breidbach interchange as well as the Reseal of R63 BETWEEN King Williams Town and Bhisho”, said Peterson.
He added that, SANRAL is always willing to render assistance to the Province (in) as far as the implementation of projects that will assist the young engineers and technicians in the province.
Mr Petersen also remarked that as SANRAL take over more and more roads formerly allocated to Province, huge challenges exist with settlements either existing or moving into the road reserves. This required relocation – a task that should be undertaken by the Local Authorities, and not SANRAL.
A new strategy has been designed; focusing on road shows explaining SANRAL’s vision of 2030 and will be implanted on the 1st of April.
“The regional Manager of SANRAL for the Southern Region gave members of the Border Kei Chamber of Business Infrastructure Committee meeting and invited guests, who are members of the chamber very useful overview of the extensive work being undertaken by SANRAL, across the Province on the upgrading of existing roads, future extensive work to be undertaken which had been moved out and was waiting for National Treasury Funding allocation.
Mr Peterson also presented on the status of the various bypasses through the major towns of Butterworth, Idutywa and Mthatha as well as on the progress being made on the new major bridges for the N2 Wild Coast toll road.
These bridges and toll road once totally completed in less than 10 years’ time will augur well for tourism and trade between Kwa Zulu Natal and the Eastern Cape.
Mr Peterson also touched on the new proposed R 72 / N 2 link and mentioned that it was up to BCM to relocate the existing people, structures etc. that were inside the existing proposed road reserve. SANRAL were also exploring several other options for the new road alignment.” – Johan Burger (Chair of the BKCOB: ICOMM)
Written by: Asavela Fekema
Border-Kei Chamber of Business