Steel Bridge revamp in the pipeline

GA-MALEKANE – The Limpopo MEC for Public Works Roads and Infrastructure, Namane Masemola, visited the Fetakgomo Tubatse Local Municipality in Sekhukhune district to engage with traditional leaders on infrastructure development programmes planned for the area.

The Limpopo Provincial Government represented by the Department of Public Works Roads and Infrastructure, through is entity RAL together with the National Department of Minerals and Energy have partnered with mines in Sekhukhune district to construct a new bridge which will make it easier for traffic to flow.

According to the department, the old single-car steel-bridge which is currently in use will be refurbished for pedestrian use.

The department said seven mines in the area have made financial commitments and would soon sign a memorandum of agreement with RAL in order for the project to commence.

Joel Seabi, Limpopo Public Works, Roads and Infrastructure spokesperson, said there were plans to construct a new bridge all together.

Seabi said seven mines have committed to support the initiative financially. During the engagements MEC Masemola was reported back to traditional leaders on how far government had gone in planning to ensure the bridge was built and the steel bridge refurbished.

He said that there were concerns that were raised by communities concerning the bridge such as accidents on the bridge and physical fights by impatient drivers who are rushing to cross the bridge before others.

“The bridge in the pipeline will include a ring road which connects Ga-Malekane o the R555. The provincial government engaged DME to start talks with mines in order to partner on the project. It was resolved that the bridge will be constructed after an MOU between RAL and the mines have been signed, which will provide details on what and when will everything commence,” said Seabi.

Seabi concluded that as a result, there was a commitment of R67 million for the bridge and that the old steel bridge would be refurbished and used only by pedestrians while the new bridge would be for motorists.

Thapelo Motseo

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