Community demand answers on unfinished road


Mphanama and Ga Maila residents implore the authorities to complete the abandoned D4200 road.

Residents said the road had been an on-going problem and it has been under discussion for decades and nothing up to date improved.

Community makes several allegations against the road agency saying lack of communication, the road pass through Madibong to Apel area.

They accuse Road Authority Agency (RAL) for failing to update them why they left the road uncompleted. It is alleged that on 11TH of January 2019 RAL wanted to meet with various stakeholders to implement a way forward to complete the road but that never happened.

“Cars cannot pass when it has poured heavily. You have to wear plastic boots or your feet will be stuck in the mud during rain. The road has become more dangerous than they were before’.

“Others fear that should their family member fall ill, an ambulance would not get to the family when our roads are in this state. It is even no go area for cars,” said residents.

Local entrepreneur who claim to be affected due to removal of their business said their request has fallen on deaf ears.

“They removed our business when the project was busy but now we suffer more because nothing had been done. A big problem is that we have is double linkage trucks that makes the gravel worse,” said entrepreneur, elaborating that residents called numerous community meeting to discuss the matter.

It is well known that a road’s condition affects the operation and cost of the vehicle that make use of it. Dwellers said sometimes they took matter into their own hands by collecting rubble that the motorist can step on in the muddy roads.

“The situation is very bad and there is nothing we can do,” said residents. In the 2019/20 financial year budget of the municipality the D4200 road seem not to appear on the list. The project municipality intend to implement worth billions. The capital project believed to be funded by a combination of the municipal infrastructure and equitable share allocation.

Thapelo Motseo

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