Road maintenance important in growing the economy

Gauteng MEC for Public Transport and Roads Infrastructure, Jacob Mamabolo is providing support to the Gauteng Province Automotive Industry in Rosslyn by embarking on a road maintenance and rehabilitation drive to check repairs of roads linking traffic to the Rosslyn business hub in Tshwane.

His first stop on Thursday, 20 February 2020 was Doreen Road linking the township of Soshanguve to the automotive economic zone in Rosslyn, Tshwane.

Mamabolo said the repairs cost just under a million rand.

“This is an important strategic road, linking industrial roads to the residential areas. Doreen street is next to Rosslyn and it’s important to understand that Rosslyn is a very important economic node for the province. There is also new development coming to this area, to improve the Rosslyn hub’s automotive activities,” said Mamabolo.

MEC Mamabolo further noted that it was important to improve the quality of the road, cutting grass and trees along the road to make sure there is smart movement of transport.

The MEC said there would also be new roads coming to the area. These roads will ensure that economic facilities in the area function optimally.

“The road network is the backbone of economic infrastructure which is critical in linking main economic nodes and facilitate the smooth, pronged and cost the effective movement of goods and people.

“The roads will ensure workers are productive, as it will improve the flow of traffic, reduce congestion and ease traffic flow,” said Mamabolo.

He said his visit was important as most contractors often fail to complete work, with right level of quality, cost and time which improves road safety.

“This is a big problem we have with service providers not complying with the right standards and time but I am happy to witness the work done here as it was completed within the shortest possible period,” he added.

Mamabolo will also check on repairs of roads in other parts of Tshwane and he will engage with public transport stakeholders in the area.

Source: Gauteng Province