The KwaZulu-Natal MEC for Transport, Community Safety and Liaison, Neliswa Peggy Nkonyeni, announced that more than R 2.4 billion has been budgeted for major road infrastructure projects in the local municipality of Nkandla.

Nkonyeni unveiled detailed plans for the nine projects, which will be phased in, during a stakeholder engagement at its 2021/2022 post-budget meeting, at the Qhudeni Library in Nkandla on Sunday.

“The Ministry of Transport has budgeted over R 2.4 billion for infrastructure projects in the local municipality of Nkandla and some of these projects are in the planning and design stage,” Nkonyeni said.

“One of the strategic priorities of this current administration is to strengthen the state’s capacity to deliver. We are working hard to address the entire historical organizational and system structural design of the department. However, we speed up internal processes by appointing professional multidisciplinary teams in the construction industry through the turnkey approach. The Ministry will also resurrect the Contract Management Unit as part of improving service delivery, ”she said.

Some of the projects that Nkonyeni highlighted include:

  • Upgrade from P16-2 (Kranskop to Jameson’s Drift) which stretches 55.6 km and will cost over 827 million rand. To date, 6.9 km have been paved during phase 1 and the construction of 27.3 km will be announced. The procurement process is expected to be finalized in September 2021.
  • 5Upgrade of P16-3 (Qhudeni to Silutshana) which is a 44.8 km stretch and will cost over R 675 million. To date, 11 km have been paved in phase 1. The ministry has contracted the supplier to construct 5.6 km in phase 2, but on-site construction has been affected by the appearance of rocks. A request for additional funding has been submitted to the KwaZulu-Natal Treasury for approval and plans to continue construction in July 2021. Phase 3 for the 28.50 km construction will be announced. The procurement process is expected to be finalized in November 2021.
  • Upgrade from P90 (Nkandla to Qhudeni Forest) which stretches 28 km and will cost over R 900 million. The Department has tasked its internal team to start with the road designs and road maintenance will be a priority.
  • Upgrade of the P707 (Manzamnyama to Corriedale) which runs for 26.24 km and will cost over R439 million. The design of the road began with the Ministry’s internal team.
  • Upgrade from P706 (Ntolwane to Jameson’s Drift) which stretches 33km and will cost over R558million. The current construction phase is between 0.00km and 6.20km and will be completed in fiscal year 2022/2023. The next phase of the 26.8 km section will be announced and the procurement process is expected to be finalized by April 2023.
  • Construction of the new Mhlathuze River Vehicle Bridge (D2238) which will cost more than Rand 39 million. The project is at the construction stage and it is expected that the bridge will be fully completed in fiscal year 2022/2023.
  • New Bridge Construction of the Mhlathuze River Bridge (P223) which will cost more than R 27 million. The project is at the construction stage and it is expected that the bridge will be fully completed in fiscal year 2022/2023.

The department also described maintenance projects, including re-engraving, clearing and pothole repair that are planned for Nkandla.

Nkonyeni said the planned infrastructure projects in Nkandla were “very important” for job creation.

“We are fully committed to creating jobs and empowering local entrepreneurs. The projects that the department will implement in Nkandla must empower the local community, especially young people, women, people with disabilities and ex-combatants, ”she said.

“We need to create employment opportunities and ensure skills development. Public-private partnerships are also essential to the success of our province, so we must work together to create jobs. The private sector and traditional leaders are a vital part of the conversation. Rural and communal communities should benefit from various employment, training and subcontracting opportunities, ”said MEC Nkonyeni.

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