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DuhaWorries about the poor road network in the border district of North East District Council (NEDC) were last Monday raised by the councillors during the recentfull council session there.

According to councillors, the poor road network has significantly contributed to the district’s failure to attract investors despite efforts by the government to improve the situation.
Councillors lambasted contractors constructing roads there.

The construction, resealing and marking of the 50km Masunga-Sebina road started in 2012 after Bango Trading (Pty.) Ltd. won the tender at an amount of more than P83 million.

The rehabilitation exercise is expected to only finish next year.

Almost all the councillors from the north-eastern part of the country took turns to criticise the contractor for an alleged shoddy job.

Besides having been delayed, councillors expressedutmost concern about the durability of the road.

Masunga ward councillor, Ronald Zwinila, said the road will obviously not be durable because the contractor is already implementing maintenance work while the resealing and construction phases are still ongoing.

“The road was meant to be upgraded to better serve the people of the north-east.

But from what is happening now, the road will not serve its purpose,” a visibly angry Zwinila argued.“Our poor road network problem will never be solved.

We are simply going to experience the same problems that we have been experiencing in the past.”

Mosojane/Masokwane ward councilor, Saul Duha, said, “The Sebina-Masunga road is not going to be handed over to the relevant authorities in a good state.”

Duha said the road has already started developing potholes well before it is even finished.

“The contractor is still marking the road.

But potholes are emerging already,” said Duha, adding that the P84 million that the government invested into the upgrading of the road might as well have been flushed down the drain.

Dikitso Mandevu of Gulubane/Hubona ward described the road system in the north-eastern part of the country as a disaster.

He said the Sebina-Masunga road was meant to be a maintenance work.

“But instead we have seen maintenance work now being performed on other maintenance works,” said Mandevu.

Efforts to get a comment from Bango Trading drew a blank as this reporter was still being sent from pillar to post at press time.

Upgrading works along the Sebina-Masunga road were approved following revelations that the road had long passed its designated shelf life.

The hard shoulders had collapsed beyond repair with entire sections of the road no longer safe for the public to use.

Sebina-Ramokgwebana road was constructed in 1988/89.

It is for this reason that Roads Department initiated its design for reconstruction in 2008, which was completed during 2010 but construction of the road has been shelved due to lack of funds.




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