R364 million for major road upgrades in Mpumalanga

SANRAL has invested over R364 million for developing critical road infrastructure in Gert Sibande District Municipality in Mpumalanga. This includes about R191 million for restoration of the national road N17, section 5 from km 85.0 to Oshoek (km 122.7) near the Oshoek border post, and R173 million towards resurfacing a section near Chrissiesmeer. This is part of the roads agency’s plan to roll out new infrastructure projects worth R9 billion in Gert Sibande District Municipality. In line with SANRAL’s transformation objectives, 30% of the contract value is earmarked for subcontracting to smaller black contractors, in particular those owned by women, youth and persons with disabilities. About 30% (R56 million) has been allocated to targeted enterprises for the Oshoek section and 6% (R10.4 million) for local labour. For Chrissiesmeer around R53 million was allocated for SMMEs and R10 million for labour. With the unemployment rate currently at 32.9%, this investment will boost the local economy through the creation of jobs, and training and development of local small businesses.