Following an outcry by residents of Mokwete and Molepane Villages about a notorious road that claimed many lives of residents, Makhuduthamaga Local Municipality allocated funds in its Integrated Development Plan (IDP) for the upgrade of the road. The local municipality has set aside R20 Million to upgrade the D4280 Road from gravel to tar. The announcement was made by the Mayor of Makhuduthamaga Local Municipality Cllr Minah Bahula during her 2020/2021 IDP presentation recently.
According to residents, engagements were made with the local municipality for the past eight years, pleading for the upgrade of the road main but were not successful. The community claims the municipality allocated R11 Million in the 2018/2019 financial year but the funds were channeled towards other projects. Bahula said the contractor will be appointed soon and the 10km project is expected to be completed towards the end of this year.
“This is the municipality’s part of accelerating basic service delivery to reduce infrastructure and service backlogs in order to improve quality of life of the community by providing them with roads, storm water, bridges, electricity and housing,” she said. A community leader, Lloyd Mankge said they are happy about the development to be undertaken by the municipality.
“The announcement has come as a great relief for residents of the villages, we have been waiting for this good news for many years,” he said. Mankge described the road as fatal where people lost lives because it is in the very bad condition. “This is the main road used by many motorists. We are very happy that at least our misery will soon be over. We could not drive into our homes, cars had to be parked far and our neighbours using taxis had to walk far to get their transport,” he said. He said residents are also pleased that the development will create job opportunities to dozens of unemployed residents. “The majority of people are not working and could hardly support themselves. This development will come as a solution to villagers’ prayers of putting bread on the table,” he said.