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R224 million later, road still incomplete

Aug 24, 2018
R224 million later, road still incomplete

legislature response received from the Eastern Cape MEC for Roads and Transport, Weziwe Tikana, revealed that the department has spent a total of approximately R224 million on an incomplete road between Coffee Bay and Mthaleni Village over a period of nine years.  

"This road has become one giant pothole that is swallowing up the the much needed resources of this province without any rational explanation. Who is benefiting from this? Clearly not the people," described Marshall von Buchenroder, DA Eastern Cape Shadow MEC for Roads and Transport. 

"The department still needs a further R110 million, excluding major bridges, to complete the road. The project is expected to be complete by 2021."

According to the response, the department spent the following amounts over the nine year period:

  • 2010/11 – R 38 050 000,
  • 2011/12 – R 5 404 295,
  • 2012/13 – R 18 582 173,
  • 2013/14 – R 23 535 239,
  • 2014/15 – R 14 258 157,
  • 2015/16 – R 36 317 456,
  • 2016/17 – R 43 080 522, and
  • 2017/18 – R 25 006 000.

The response also reveals that the money was spent on the following aspects of the project:

  • In-house was instructed to reseal the 19 km road between Coffee Bay and Mqanduli from the period 2010 – 2014. This phase cost approximately R44 500 000;
  • The Coffee Bay and Madwaleni Camps were established during the period 2010-2011 at a cost of R30 million;
  • Mdumbi Bridge was allegedly constructed at a value of just over R22 million;
  • The quarrying and crushing process allegedly cost just over R58 600 000;
  • Approximately R28 000 000 was spent on the 5.6 km road from Mdumbi turn off to Coffee Bay;
  • Approximately R41 900 000 was spent on a new construction plant during the 2010/11 and 2012/13 financial years.

Von Buchenroder said that millions of rands have been spent on an incomplete, deteriorating road and it is unfathomable that it will possibly take the department 11 years to complete the construction of this 25 km stretch of road!

"MEC, this is money down the drain and a case of gross maladministration. This is indicative of a government that is squandering the resources of this province that could be put to better use," he added.  

"I call on the MEC to conduct a thorough investigation into this issue as a matter of urgency. I will be submitting follow-up questions to the MEC to enquire about the reasons behind the delays in completing this project."