MASAKANENG – Residents of Masakaneng settlement outside Groblersdal have expressed delight over the smooth running of the area’s roads and storm water construction project.
The residents said they were ecstatic to notice Elias Motsoaledi Local Municipality (EMLM) was finally delivering on its promise to develop the area.
They said the area was inaccessible due to poor roads conditions they had been faced with for years since the formation of the settlement.
Deejay Ledwaba, a community leader, said the project was running smoothly and residents were happy with its progress.
Ledwaba said there were groups of people who sought to disrupt the commencement of the project when it started but residents stood together and made sure their intensions failed.
“There are no hiccups currently encountered in the project and everything is going according to plan. We experienced some problems in the beginning but as community we came together and found a solution in the interest of the project through the court,” said Ledwaba.
Ledwaba said apart from the development of the area, the community stood to benefit a lot from the project as it brought with it employment of locals.
“We are happy to see service delivery in our area and our people getting employment through the project. When we see projects such as this reaching Masakaneng, we become confident that we will also have access to other amenities such as schools and water,” further said Ledwaba.
Simon Makua, EMLM Public Relations and Communications Manager, said the project, at a cost of R19 228 000.00, commenced in August this year and was envisaged for completion in February 2020.
Makua said the design length of the road was 4km long and would be surfaced using concrete segmented blocks with a V-drain over.
“The overall progress is 24.9% and expenditure to date is 9.3%. Labourer employed is 10, five males and females,” informed Makua.
He concluded that at first, there were disruptions by local business people demanding sub-contructing but the matter was amicably resolved.