In response to the heavy rains that damaged our road infrastructure early last year, particularly in rural areas, King Sabata Dalindyebo Municipality is currently rolling out road construction programme to rehabilitate the affected roads.

Following the disaster, the Municipality mobilised funds to rebuild the damaged roads. As a result, the Municipality was awarded by the Eastern Cape Provincial Government a disaster relief fund worth R100 million for over a period of three years with R40 million allocated being for this current financial year.  

More than eight access roads – which covers about 53 kilometres overall, as well as two bridges are being reconstructed.

These include Caba to Thaleni access road in Ward 17; Xhume access in Ward 18; Maqanyeni to Zithulele access road via Zozi in Ward 25; Ntabeni to Dlomo access road under Ward 16; Gwegwe to Qolweni access road in Ward 31; Mahibe access road in Ward 34; Mapuzi Clinic to Mathokazini road under Ward 24 as well as two bridges (Gubevu and Ntsitshana).  

The construction consists of roadbed preparation, graveling of the road, concrete pipe crossings with headwalls, road signs and stone-pitched side drains.

More than 50 locals in KSD will get job opportunities and ten businesses that are in the construction and engineering fields will benefit.

KSD Executive Mayor Cllr. Nyaniso Nelani, who was introducing to the communities the contractors that will be implementing this mammoth task, pleaded with the communities to unite and work together with contractors for the success of the project, adding that the Municipality is committed to delivering services to improve the lives of the citizens of KSD.

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