ANC delivers newly tarred roads

Patrick Lipudi, Executive Mayor of Mogale City Local Municipality cutting the ribbon to open the new roads. Photo: Sipho None.

On Thursday, 28 September, Patrick Lipudi, Executive Mayor of Mogale City opened a newly constructed road that was once a narrow, muddy path in Rietvallei.

He also opened nine other streets in the same area.

The project, which is referred to as PR 6 Rietvallei 3 and 3A Roads and Stormwater, is valued at R12,8 million and was funded by the Municipal Infrastructure Grant.

Patrick Lipudi, Executive Mayor of Mogale City Local Municipality jumps for joy after cutting the ribbon and opening the roads. Photo: Sipho None

The construction project incorporates an 800m road which connects Rietvallei Extensions 2, 3 and 3A.

The additional nine streets that were resurfaced with asphalt were also given curbs, stormwater drains and 26 speed humps to ensure that the road is clear of obstructions and that drivers use the road safely.

Lipudi was over the moon and addressed the community with great excitement. He also thanked the contractors for completing the project on time and within budget.

“We are proud as Mogale City Local Municipality to officially open and hand over this stretch of road and the streets of Rietvallei 3 and 3A to the community,” said Lipudi. “This project not only started on time, but was also completed on time, and this is an indication of good service delivery and leadership as expected by our people.”

“Like the Bible says, every human being is brought to earth by the Almighty for a particular purpose and to be respected.

I’m saying that because in all aspects when you see high-quality projects, you realise that those projects were led by good leaders, like the project we are unveiling today,” he added.

Lipudi also thanked the contractor, Jodan Construction, for their financial contributions to the extensive improvements of the area, which include repairing of damaged walls and erecting fences for the needy families.

During the labour-intensive construction process, 75 jobs were created, with many of the local workers receiving extensive training courses in different aspects of road construction work. The employees were also awarded accredited certificates before the formalities were concluded.

Betty Mdlane, Member of the Mayoral Committee responsible for roads said: “We are happy as residents of Rietvallei to be beneficiaries of this magnificent project. The construction of this road and development of the streets will ease mobility and serve as a catalyst for the growth and development of this local economy.”

Lipuli concluded the programme by further indicating that the governing party in Mogale City, which is the ANC, has taken a conscious decision to make sure that the plight of the people of Mogale City is well taken care of.

Meanwhile, in the Central Business District of Mogale City, more than 5km of roads are currently being resurfaced and repaired. The project forms part of the Municipality’s plan to rehabilitate and resurface main arterial roads. The programme seeks to meet the principles of the Expanded Public Works Programme for construction and maintenance of roads and stormwater networks – another municipality-driven intervention.

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Bianca Pindral
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