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South Africa: R1.2b Road Upgrade to Link Pongola, Dumbe
Source: www.sanews.gov.za
Source Date: Wednesday, June 04, 2014
Focus: Institution and HR Management
Country: South Africa
Created: Jun 04, 2014

“The initial phase of 6.5 km will be constructed at cost of R65 million. The entire project of 77.3 km - including five major bridges - will cost R1.2 billion and will be completed by 2019/20 financial year,” said MEC Thusi.
The initiative will create at least 1 240 direct jobs for members of local communities.

MEC Thusi said the road is an important development that will feed into major corridors that cut across the Zululand District Municipality.
“Communities from Belgrade and surroundings to Khiphunyawo, Vimbemshini, Orangedaal and the entire Ntumbane areas will be major beneficiaries. An additional R390 million will be invested in road construction projects across the Zululand District in the current financial year,” said the MEC.
Citizens will now be able to use the route to travel west to Dumbe, Vryheid and Newcastle, north to Piet Retief, Ermelo and Johannesburg as well south to Pongola, Empangeni and Durban.

“[The] launch of this road upgrade and the Department of Social Development's R12 million multi-purpose centre incorporating SASSA and Home Affairs demonstrate our government's commitment to service delivery and improving the lives of our people.

“The people of Pongola and the entire citizens of KwaZulu-Natal and South Africa will benefit immensely from these investments," said MEC Thusi.
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