Tshipise-Matatani access road upgrade

The upgrading of Tshipise-Matatani access road has brought joy to the communities of Ward 10 of Musina MunicipalityThe upgrading of Tshipise-Matatani access road has brought joy to the communities of Ward 10 of Musina Municipality

Johannes Ramalata is a taxi driver who operates between Tshipise and Matatani on daily basis. The rocky and bumpy condition of the road has been a cause of concern for Ramalata and other local community members within Ward 10 of Musina Municipality. Fortunately, these community members have started rejoicing after the Musina Municipality commissioned the upgrading of the 12km road between Tshipise and Matatani.

“We really welcome this project with open hands because we have been waiting for many years. Despite prolonging the lifespan of our vehicles, it will make our lives easier as we will be able to move from one place to another easily. Indeed, our government is delivering and taking our needs into consideration. This makes us very happy and thankful.” Said Ramalata.

Municipal spokesperson, Wilson Dzebu said the municipality has secured a total of R7,8million from the Municipal Infrastructure Grant (MIG) to fund the long awaited project. “Local community members, visitors and tourists have raised concerns about the bad condition of this road for some time. We advised villagers to put the road project as one of their priorities in the municipal Integrated Development Plan (IDP) so that it can be funded as soon as the money is available.”

Dzebu said the scope of work include ground levelling, re-gravelling, the construction of a bridge and several culverts. “This is a great step in advancing mobility, tourism and bettering the lives of the local communities. This is one of the busiest roads in Ward 10 and it needs to be taken care of so that service delivery can be accessed with ease. Despite all this, the project has created job opportunities for local people who had been unemployed before. They will also be empowered with the skills they will use to provide for themselves after the completion of the project.”

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