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NMB road maintenance budget worrying - DA

NMB road maintenance budget worrying - DA

The Democratic Alliance (DA) in Nelson Mandela Bay has questioned the Service Level Agreement (SLA) between the Department of Roads and Public Works and the Metro, over the budgeting of R5-million for the up keeping of roads in the area.

Speaking in a statement, party MPL Vicky Knoetze said the announcement in a reply from Provincial MEC Tandiswa Marawu, raises a number of concerns as an amount of at least R50-million is needed to properly fund the SLA.

“The SLA must cover general maintenance, maintenance of bridges and drainage structures, verge clearing, road markings and road signage. This includes roads such as the William Moffet Expressway, Marine Drive, Victoria Drive, Kragga Kamma Road, Buffelsfontein Road, Heugh Road, Kempston Road, Burman Road, Old Grahamastown Road, Standford Road and John Tallant Road to mention only a few,” Knoetze said.

“The William Moffet Expressway, which carries approximately 24 000 vehicles per day one way, is seven years past its lifespan and is in need of major reconstruction and resurfacing projected to cost over R200-million. It is of vital importance that these routes are sufficiently maintained to accommodate all road users including cyclists, runners, pedestrians and motorists”. 


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