SA roads in danger of being irreparable

2010-10-14 19:17

Johannesburg - SA's roads are in danger of becoming irreparable and the government will be forced to reconstruct them, the Automobile Association of SA (AA) warned on Thursday.

"A vast portions of South Africa's road network are in danger of becoming so badly damaged that they will no longer be able to be repaired, and the government will be forced to reconstruct them," AA spokesperson Gary Ronald said in a statement.

Transport Minister Sbu Ndebele, speaking at a roads indaba in East London on Thursday, said provincial treasuries needed to set aside funds to address the road maintenance backlog.

Ronald said the AA was encouraged by Ndebele's speech, during which he called for provincial governments to allocate significant funds to road audits and repairs. However, he did not mention a number.

Ronald said R100bn needed to be spent on the country's roads to eliminate maintenance backlogs. Current levels of funding were only a quarter of what was needed to maintain the country's road network.

Ronald said even though the "noise" about potholes and other road hazards had died down, the reality of poor road conditions remained.

According to a 2008 study by the AA, the condition of the country's roads dropped from a visual condition index of 65 in 1998 to 46 in 2008 (a VCI of zero indicates very poor, requires reconstruction, while 100 is very good).

The AA called on road users to be patient on roads, manage their time effectively and be aware of road conditions and their surroundings.

  • Realist - 2010-10-14 21:08

    Why the fuss? Just another result of ANC Government Transformation Process. When they came into power they took over a 1st world road network and through their transformation programme have turned it into a 3rd world road network. Just travel on the Fochville to Parys R500 road and see what transformation has taken place over 16 years of ANC government. What has happened to all the Petrol Taxes & Road Taxes which we pay to have the roads maintain? Will we just get an apology same as per Eskom Black Out? Heads should roll due to the total incompentency of of in charge.

  • Exdef - 2010-10-14 22:16

    The problem is that money needs to be spent correctly. In 2009, yellow paint seemed to vanish from large parts of Johannesburg's road markings (it reappeared in 2010). Where did the money for the yellow paint go in 2009?

  • Nasdaq7 - 2010-10-15 01:02

    Well here's a lot of new jobs: repair the roads.

  • Deon - 2010-10-15 08:37

    They do spend money on rebuilding roads BUT it gets "stolen" by bribe-appointed contracters!! They paid R160m so far for the road between Lichtenburg and Koster, but they only broke up the road, 1 yr later the contracter was fired. A new one appointed who has to start all over again. So at least R160m GONE and you can't use the road!!! WTF??!!

  • WarrahWarrah - 2010-10-15 09:39

    This should do a lot to eliminate unemployment - all those unemployed people can be used to rebuild the roads that thetrucks have wrecked due to the inability of transnet to carry freight! Wotacountry!

  • Cassandra - 2010-10-15 11:56

    Don't impose your opprsesive racist transportation standards on mzansi. Learn to ride a goat.

  • Neal Westgate - 2010-10-16 08:32

    I seem to recall a news story about a KZN road being built to a farm owned by Minister Ndebele? Perhaps he and his fellow ministers would set a new road usage pattern by riding goats instead of using the road hog convoys we are expected to tolerate.

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