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KZN road repair bill estimated at R5.6 billion, Zikalala says

Heavy destructive rains caused extensive damage that claimed at least 443 lives, destroyed property and infrastructure in almost every corner of the province.

Residents of KwaZulu-Natal deal with the aftermath of the damage caused by heavy rain and flooding on April 13, 2022. Photo: @kzngov/Twitter

JOHANNESBURG – The government is preparing to help flood-stricken KwaZulu-Natal with billions of rand injected into relief and recovery efforts.

Heavy destructive rains caused extensive damage that claimed at least 443 lives, destroyed property and infrastructure in almost every corner of the province.

KwaZulu-Natal Premier Sihle Zikalala said 5.6 billion rand would be needed to repair roads in the province.

Zikalala said all recovery funds would be put to good use, saying they learned lessons from COVID-19 relief efforts.

The Prime Minister was speaking at a briefing on Sunday evening, where he gave an update on the impact of the devastating floods.

“The estimated cost of road infrastructure damage is R5.6 billion, which includes 1,369 infrastructure projects across the province. Short-term intervention will be carried out, including identifying where the access was completely lost due to the washed out passages,” Prime Minister Zikalala said.

Zikalala said most provincial roads are currently unsafe.

“Urgent repairs and debris removal are underway to restore the road network back to safe conditions. Most of the roads that have been blocked have so far been cleared, in some cases allowing access to a single way,” he said.

The prime minister said massive work needed to be done to repair the roads.



KZN road repair bill estimated at R5.6 billion, Zikalala says

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