LEPHALALE — The state of gravel roads in the area is under discussion every week and some of the roads have not yet been completely repaired since the floods in 2014. The roads connecting the various rural areas also remain a problem. Mogol Post spoke to Jacques Snyman from the Lephalale Development Forum (*LDF), who said the village roads projects are progressing well.
These projects will ensure that a number of villages along the Palala River will be connected with tarred roads. Another benefit is that local jobs have been created with the implementation of these projects. Snyman says the overall progress is satisfactory.
He says upgrades and repairs on the Beauty Road (D171), Witkop Road and the R33 (From Modimolle to Lephalale) after the flood damage are progressing well. The Witkop Road repairs are nearing finalisation, while the Beauty Road repairs started a few months ago. A contractor company is working around the clock to repair damage to the Beauty road and replace all the storm water pipes. According to the community in that area, they are more than happy with the work being done on the road. The part of the Beauty road that was repaired in 2015, but not maintained, is unfortunately not part of the current contract, but the community has hired a private contractor to repair that part of the road again.
Snyman says the preparatory work for the repairs to the R33 is currently under way. It is expected that construction to repair damage to the R33 will start during the third quarter of 2017.
*The LDF was established in July 2008, bringing various public and private stakeholders such as Eskom, Exxaro and the Lephalale Municipality together as partners in growth.