South Africa: R600 Million to Reconstruct Roads in KZN

By Siboniso Ntuli

Port Shepstone - The Department of Transport in KwaZulu-Natal has set aside R600 million to reconstruct roads which were destroyed during the floods in June this year.

Roads and infrastructure were washed away during floods under the Ugu District Municipality.

MEC for Transport, Community Safety and Liaison Bheki Cele said the provincial department had requested the funds from the National Department of Transport in order to assist in building the infrastructure after floods.

He said while the funds were not enough to complete the roads because one kilometre of road costs R1 million to construct, it would make a difference in the lives of the people and businesses who are suffering due to the lack of proper roads.

He said the provincial department of transport would not have been able to find all the money themselves and therefore formed a partnership with the national department which was able to avail more funds.

The Ugu District was the hardest hit by the floods which hit the South Coast in June this year. The torrential rains caused the Umtamvuna River to burst its banks, flooding houses and businesses causing serious damage to property.

MEC Cele said the allocation formed part of the provincial governments many relief efforts to assist people to rebuilding their lives.
The Department of Local Government, Housing and Traditional Affairs has also pledged R4 million to assist the victims of floods whose houses were washed away. - BuaNews