Politicians asses Musina ring road project progress

From left to right: Musina Mayor Cllr Mihloti Muhlope,  the Deputy Minister of Transport, Sindisiwe Chikunga and the MEC for Transport and Public Safety Nandi Ndalane  assessing progress at the site of the SANRAL R625 million ring road project in Musina. From left to right: Musina Mayor Cllr Mihloti Muhlope, the Deputy Minister of Transport, Sindisiwe Chikunga and the MEC for Transport and Public Safety Nandi Ndalane assessing progress at the site of the SANRAL R625 million ring road project in Musina.

The Mayor of Musina Municipality, Cllr Mihloti Muhlope said the R625 million South African National Roads Agency Limited (SANRAL) ring road project in Musina will divert traffic from the CBD towards the border post,  resulting in major improvements in road safety and less damage to vital infrastructure in town. Muhlope was assessing the project progress together with the Deputy Minister of Transport, Sindisiwe Chikunga and the MEC for Transport and Public Safety Nandi Ndalane.

Muhlope said the project comes as a huge relief to the municipality as traffic is heavily congested in town because the heavy-duty vehicles have to share the narrow roads with other road users and pedestrians. “The ring road will ease congestion and it will also save travel time for the road users and reduce vehicle operating costs. As Musina Municipality, we are also happy by the fact that the project has played a major role in job creation and business opportunities for the local people.”

Deputy Minister of Transport, Sindisiwe Chikunga said the country is doing its best to have safe, long lasting and reliable road facilities. “We are making sure that our roads provide flexibility, easier mobility and community safety at all times. As government, we are also pleased by the progress and high quality work of the Musina ring road project and we have no doubt that the contractors will meet their deadline.   Community involvement and providing jobs for local people is also very important for us. This is empowerment at its best.”

Baldwin Luvhengo is a previously unemployed general worker who is now benefitting from the project. “It feels great to work again and now I am able to look after my family and put food on the table. I am saving some money to get a certificate in the construction field when the project is complete.”

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