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Ndebele boasts jobs in roads project

2011-04-18 13:16

Durban - The department of transport's multi-billion rand road maintenance programme will create 70 000 jobs, Transport Minister Sibusiso Ndebele said on Monday.

"S'hamba Sonke will create 70 000 jobs in the 2010/2011 financial year," said Ndebele at the launch of the S'hamba Sonke road maintenance programme, which was attended by thousands of contractors, public transport associations and transport MECs from different provinces.

Ndebele said the total cost of the programme would reach R22bn by 2014.

"Our collective success starts this financial year with an amount of R6.4bn, the R7.5bn next financial year and R8.2bn in 2014," said Ndebele.

The funding would be ring-fenced for the maintenance of roads, Ndebele said.

KwaZulu-Natal would receive the biggest share followed by the Eastern Cape.

"During the 2011/2012 financial year, KwaZulu-Natal will get R1.2bn, Eastern Cape R1bn, Mpumalanga R1bn and Limpopo R934m," Ndebele said.

Gauteng would get R566m, Free State R447m, Western Cape R411m, Northern Cape R308m and North West R501m.

Ndebele said it was important to maintain roads because most of South Africa's road network had long exceeded its design life.

He said the issue of road maintenance had successively been raised by his predecessors, saying that turning a blind eye to road maintenance would be costly to South Africa.

South Africa's roads comprised 750 000km, 593 000km of which was gravel network, managed by provinces, metropolitan councils and district municipalities.

Ndebele said 140 000km of the road network was not proclaimed, which resulted in roads being not properly maintained.

"Proclamation means that a specific authority of government takes ownership and by extension takes responsibility for the maintenance of that network," said Ndebele.

Comments
  • paulf - 2011-04-18 13:30

    Pity it is only Temporary jobs (Contract Work). Jobs will only benefit the majority any way.

  • stofsuier - 2011-04-18 13:34

    stop talking and get going already.

  • WCD - 2011-04-18 13:42

    More toll roads, higher congestion rates etc.

  • MaLemmer - 2011-04-18 13:45

    Voila! And the chain gang is created....Now flog them till they drop!

  • gilliansan - 2011-04-18 13:51

    What's he boasting for? This should have been started years ago and then the roads wouldn't be half as bad as they are - Could have saved the tax payer millions!!

  • Born To Fish - 2011-04-18 13:52

    Proclamation means that a specific authority of government takes ownership and through Cadre tenders nobody takes responsibility to upgrade the road. Hence we have what we have now.

  • Wernerkwane - 2011-04-18 13:56

    Dear Mr. Ndbele. You say Limpopo will get R934 mil. How many of these tenders are Julius Dilemma going to award to him self? How many of these roads (like all of his other projects so far) will completely disintegrate within the first 6 months (exactly like his other projects) How much of your R934 Mil will have to be spent to fix the work of these dubious contractors? Trust me sir I know what I am talking about because I know the engineering firm that is responsible for trying to fix these roads.

  • Wow! - 2011-04-18 14:18

    Had this government maintained the roads we would not be in this situation. I just wonder how much of this money will effectively get to the roads surface. I have no doubts that we will be up against highly inflated - quick enrichment - pricing.

  • whatsinaname - 2011-04-18 14:23

    Ja right...70000 jobs. That's to build the roads, once they start implementing the toll fees on these roads they will lose 100 000 jobs by companies closing down and making it unaffordable to live.

  • Wow! - 2011-04-18 14:34

    Had this government maintained the roads we would not be in this situation. I just wonder how much of this money will effectively get to the roads surface. I have no doubts that we will be up against highly inflated - quick enrichment - pricing.

  • No1Dutchman - 2011-04-18 14:42

    I would love to know how much money will be stolen.

  • JudithNkwe - 2011-04-18 14:54

    Well I am glad that his eyes have been opened - that is a step in the right direction. Now let these be PERMANENT jobs and not just 6mth destroyers of confidence. Come on COSATU make sure they are permanent

  • Roy Bailie - 2011-04-18 15:01

    Is this spending an indication of the condition of the roads in the various provinces, or more of an indication of where the ANC needs support in the pending elections?

      PSquare - 2011-04-18 16:16

      THis is in line with the rural road networks in those provinces. The Rural roads are the ones that in dire need of maintenance.

  • DeonL - 2011-04-18 15:11

    Hopefully this program wil pay contractors on time? Many private companies are reluctant to work with the state due to this problem.

      Grant - 2011-04-18 15:51

      Spot on Deon - waiting for payment from the government nearly bankrupted me a few years back.

      DeonL - 2011-04-18 16:22

      Yes Grant, we in the past waited for up to 5 years for WCA injury payments, we only take cash for it now, people don't like it, but we have to live too.

  • blertid - 2011-04-18 16:17

    Great (sic) plan (sic)! Problem is you cannot just put a broom and bucket of tar in someone's hands and expect them to fix the roads properly. This is a pointless form of job creation, setting us on the path to a neverending "repair" cycle...Toll roads don't have potholes and they also dont have 70,000 workers running about upon them...

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