The ANC has agreed to a DA motion tabled in the Mpumalanga Provincial Legislature, calling on Public Works, Roads and Transport MEC, Sasekani Manzini, to take action and prioritize the repair of the province’s roads.
One of the roads in question is the R37 road (or Long Tom Pass) which runs between Sabie and Mashishing. This 56km long national road was originally built in 1873 and is currently maintained by Sanral. In recent months more and more ore-carrying trucks have started using this road, thereby heavily contributing to its deterioration.
According to land surveyors, the Long Tom Pass road was never meant to carry the weight which is being transported by these trucks. Currently, there is no alternative road for the trucks as it is alleged that they are being prevented from using the R36 through Badfontein due to its bad state.
The R36 road became famous in 2014, when a resident of Lydenburg took a bath in one of the potholes, highlighting the poor condition of this road.
The increased usage of this road by the trucks not only damages the road but it also endangers other road users as the trucks tend to drive recklessly on the steep Long Tom Pass slopes.
During the sitting of the Legislature, the ANC committed itself to urging MEC Manzini to do the following;
• Prioritize the repairs of these roads; and
• Engage with the mining stakeholders in the Mashishing area to assist with the repair and maintenance of the R36 road.
The ANC also agreed to urge MEC of Safety and Security, Pat Ngomane, to prioritize and implement visible law enforcement on the Long Tom pass.
The DA will continue to hold the executive to account in our efforts to bring total change to Mpumalanga. We will do what we can to prevent inaction by the ANC to cripple our province.
Bosman Grobler, MPL
DA Mpumalanga Spokesperson on Public Works, Roads and Transport
083 697 0747
Provincial Communications Manager
079 873 7590