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October 08
Promoting transport infrastructure in the City

THE month of October has been declared Transport Month. It allows us to highlight the great strides that has been made by government to develop the nation by providing transport infrastructure that is crucial in growing the economy. It is well known that road infrastructure plays a crucial role
in economic development and the growth of any country.

We were pleased to have recently witnessed the official opening of an upgraded Hammarsdale Interchange on the N3 by Minister of Transport Minister Fikile Mbalula. This upgrade has changed the outlook of this important economic corridor that links the City and province with major economic hubs such as the city of Johannesburg. The Hammarsdale Interchange has not only improved infrastructure on this portion of the N3, but it has also provided opportunities to emerging contractors in line with our Radical Economic Transformation programme.

A total amount of R400 million was invested in the upgrade and produced jobs for 250 local people with a wage bill of close to R 46.8 million. We need to highlight that about R7.9 million was spent on jobs for women and that contracts to the value of R41.6 million were awarded to 16 local businesses. The City contributed R90 million towards the project which saw hundreds of locals employed.

The upgrade of the interchange saw an increase of two lanes to five lanes and has facilitated industrial expansion in the area as well as improved economic activity in the region. We are moving with speed to accelerate the implementation of our programmes aimed at reviving township and rural economies.

The City is currently implementing plans to upgrade our road infrastructure. Recently we were in KwaMakhutha to formally hand over work to a contractor to commence with two road construction projects which are part of the City’s plan to upgrade 21 kilometres of access roads in townships and rural areas from gravel to tar at a cost of R53 million this year. As the City we are committed to providing a reliable public transport system.

The establishment of the new eThekwini Transport Entity that will see the return of buses to the Municipality to oversee its operation is demonstration of reaffirming this commitment. As we forge ahead with shaping the future of transport, we will be meeting with transport stakeholders who operate within the Municipality to engage on some key issues affecting them in this sector.


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