Msukaligwa launch Road Maintenance and Potholes Repair Patch programme

Good news for Msukaligwa residents is that Gert Sibande District Municipality (GSDM) in partnership with the Department of Public Works (DPW) launched the Road Maintenance and Potholes Repair Patch programme last Thursday in Breyten.

This is a relief to residents who have repeatedly bemoaned the deplorable state of roads in the area.

The Highvelder has reported how most streets in Ermelo are riddled with potholes, with motorists lamenting the fact that some municipal projects get more attention than others.

GSDM allocated R5-million for pothole repair materials in this year’s financial year, to help all local municipalities in need of assistance.

The district municipality has appointed three local cooperatives in Msukaligwa that the local municipality will train for the task at hand.

It has allocated R1-million to the Msukaligwa project, R500 000 for labour and R500 000 for materials.
GSDM will also provide equipment in the form of one concrete cutter, one Bomag roller or compactor, three rakes, three brooms, one jackhammer and 5 800 20 kg bags of asphalt.

The duration of the project is three months and each cooperative will patch more or less 450 square metres at R250 per square metre.

Executive mayor of GSDM, Mr M Chirwa, addressed members of the community at the launch, once again encouraging communities to start cooperatives and register them on government databases, especially GSDM, as they, too, could be in the position to be hired to do major projects in the district.

Executive Mayor of Msukaligwa Local Municipality, Mr M.S. Nkosi, welcomed the assistance from the district, using the platform to readily test some equipment with his district counterpart.

The project is aimed at creating job opportunities for residents as well as promote skills development.

It will improve major access routes and create healthy and user-friendly roads around Msukaligwa Local Municipality.

Mr Nkosi appealed to the community and owners who erect marquees on tar roads to notify the municipality in time in order for technical services to fill the hole immediately before it becomes a pothole.

The programme has already seen work being done at the intersection of Murray and Joubert Street.

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Amanda Mthembu

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