by Adriana Randall MPL – DA Taemane Constituency Head
The DA calls on the Gauteng Department of Roads and Transport MEC, Ismail Vadi, to urgently fast-track the maintenance and upgrades of the R101 road from Hammanskraal to Wonderboom.
The M39 Soshanguve Wintervelt Road starting at the R101 Rooiwai, which links up with the Soutpan Road starting from the Onderstepoort Rosslyn Road leading to Soshanguve is in a terrible state.
Even though it is a busy road with high volumes of traffic and a high number of pedestrians, the road surface is uneven with potholes.
There is lack of road markings and signs on this road which poses a danger to both pedestrians and motorists using the road.
There have been numerous accidents reported, resulting in injuries sustained and in some cases, lives lost. Recently a bus, a truck and a bakkie collided on this road and 11 people were injured.
The Department is aware of the dire state of this road, yet the process of maintaining and upgrading this road is sluggish to say the least.
According to MEC Vadi’s response to the DA’ s written questions tabled in the Gauteng Provincial Legislature, tenders were awarded for roads signs and road markings and the work was to commence in November last year.
MEC Vadi said the Routine Road Maintenance Contractors were appointed in September 2017 to maintain 313kms of roads in Tshwane with R82.9m budget being allocated to this project.
The work was supposed to commence in November last year, but the preparations only started last month. Apparently, a team of employees arrived, started digging around the existing road signs and then they disappeared, with no further work occurring.
This is unacceptable as there has been no communication as to when the work on the roads signs and road markings will resume and be completed.
This shows that the department cares little about the safety of our people on the roads.
The DA demands that the maintenance of this road – which includes the upgrading of the road, roads signs and roads markings – resumes immediately.