MEC Ntuli hands over multi-million Rand P232 road construction project and convenes crime prevention dialogue in Dondotha
KwaZulu-Natal MEC for Transport, Community Safety and Liaison Bheki Ntuli today, 13/02/2020, officially handed over phase two of the P232 Road construction project under the KwaSokhulu Traditional Council to the contractor, and the road will serve as a direct link between the N2 and the towns of Sokhulu and Intongonya.
The P232 main road will contribute to the social and economic upliftment of the area as the route supports private business, local forestry, agriculture, schools, clinics and local communities. The contact value for phase two of the 6.8 kilometres P232 Road construction project awarded to Clives Transport Ltd is R71.1 million.
A portion of this road has been upgraded by the Department of Transport in partnership with Richards Bay Minerals. This portion of the project entailed the upgrade of 5.6km of P232 and L622 from gravel to blacktop standards, from 30.9km to 33.5km where P232 ends and 0km to 3km on L622. This portion of the project was completed in the 2016/17 financial year.
Other sites that MEC Ntuli inspected include P494 which is between Mabhuyeni and Dondotha. P494 is a main road serving communities from the Nseleni area under uMhlathuze Municipality within kwaBhejane Traditional Council. The road is under iNkosi Khoza and kwaMhlana Traditional Council under iNkosi Mthethwa which also falls under uMfolozi Municipality. The total length of the road is 46km including the section that is being upgraded to black top surface. This road is used by the community to access services such as Inkanyezi Primary School; Gigima Secondary School and Dondotha Clinic
The Empangeni Area Office has conducted assessments on the main road and plans are in place to re-gravel a 5km section of the road in March 2020. The plan entails starting from Ezitulweni (P425) where P494 ends and from P511 to Inkanyezi store where full gravel replacement is needed.
Addressing members of the community, MEC Ntuli strongly condemned vandalism and destruction of transport infrastructure during service delivery protests.
“The P232 road construction project is expected to be completed in October 2021 and I appeal to the community to ensure that there are no work stoppages so that the project can be completed within the stipulated timeframe. The construction of roads and bridges in the province, particularly in rural parts of KwaZulu-Natal remains our key priority in the Department of Transport. The Department continues to work hard to improve connectivity so that citizens have access to schools and economic opportunities. Therefore, I urge the public to refrain from vandalising transport infrastructure when they have grievances pertaining to service delivery. The road that is being built for the community is to ensure access to schools and clinics, therefore citizens must table their concerns through appropriate channels in order for them to be resolved amicably without resorting to destruction of transport infrastructure and violence,” said MEC Ntuli.
MEC Ntuli ended his day by engaging with the traditional leadership, law enforcement authorities, community crime fighting structures and hundreds of community members at Dondotha Sports Field during a Crime Prevention Dialogue. The aim of this dialogue was to come up with sustainable strategies to restore peace and stability in the area. Dondotha was also identified as one of the areas with high levels of crime in the province.
“Everyone must play their part in fighting crime in our communities. I therefore urge all of you to work closely with law enforcement agencies in order to fight crime and bring peace in the province. As the department we are committed to building a safe and crime free environment for KwaZulu-Natal citizens,” said MEC Ntuli.
MEC Ntuli said he will work with local and provincial government structures, including the South African Police Service to speedily address the issues raised my members of the community.
Mbuyiselo Trinity Ndlovu