Eastern Cape Premier Oscar Mabuyane. (GCIS)
- SA National Roads Agency Limited (Sanral) has invested R16.8 billion in major construction of roads and megabridges in the Eastern Cape.
- Prime Minister Oscar Mabuyane has announced that development in the Special Economic Zones of East London and Port Elizabeth will create thousands of jobs.
- While welcoming the Prime Minister’s state speech, the DA warned that corruption could destroy the initiative.
SA National Roads Agency Limited (Sanral) has invested R16.8 billion into a major construction project in Eastern Cape as Prime Minister Oscar Mabuyane announced his dream of overturning apartheid’s spatial planning heritage.
Mabuyane made a presentation at the Eastern Cape Parliament in Bisho, giving her state address.
This year’s speech focused on developing physical infrastructure and creating jobs.
According to Mabuyane, the investment of R $ 16.8 billion has been budgeted over the next two years, giving Ran 4.6 billion to 14 projects that have turned most of the state into construction sites.
Contractors are currently from Carriedow to Humansdorf, Janssenville to Walwefontaine, King William’s Town, Fort Beaufort to Alice, Middleberg, Molteno, Maretswai to Lady Gray to Berkeley East, Whit Lucy to Komani, Dordrecht. He said he is building roads on premises such as Indwe and Fort Beaufort. Part of the state.
“Over the state, we have contractors on-site to help build the Eastern Cape that we all want,” says Mabuyane.
He also announced the construction of the long-awaited N2 Wild Coast Toll Road Project as a major breakthrough in the development of the Wild Coast Corridor.
“As the sunrise rises in Mondoland, the dust and cranes of the 580-meter-long cable-stayed bridge over the Musikaba Gorge confirm that the dream of balanced geospatial development that reverses the apartheid program comes true.” He said.
Mabuyane’s speech also focused on work opportunities.
According to Mabuyane, the two special economic zones in the states of Koega in East London and Port Elizabeth have raised more than R19 billion in investment.
In 2020, the East London SEZ completed the construction of nine investor facilities and the expansion of three existing facilities.
Mabuyane said these facilities will create an additional 1534 manufacturing and service jobs, which will be operational within the next two years.
During the construction phase, another 4039 construction employment opportunities were created between 2019 and 2020.
Mabuyane added that six more new investor facilities are expected to be built on the East London SEZ platform this year, and two more investors will expand the facilities in the zone.
He revealed that one of these is Sundale Dairy, who is building a new cheese facility in the zone.
Mabuyane added that these investors are expected to create 409 additional manufacturing and service jobs that will operate from 2021/2022.
He said the construction phase would lead to the creation of 1800 construction employment opportunities.
While welcoming the Prime Minister’s state speech, the DA warned that corruption could destroy the initiative.
Bobby Stevenson, DA leader of the Eastern Cape State Parliament, said: “Unless these initiatives are built on rocks of good governance, they are swallowed by corruption, executive placement, and quicksand of fraud management. The prime minister is done because is a strong foundation for results management. Those who undermine the work they are doing are held accountable. “
Mabuyane also revealed this year that SANRAL will complete the process of finding an alternative contractor for the Mtentu Bridge, which will form part of the N2 Wild Coast project.
According to Mabuyane, the next stage will be the construction of roads from Ringeni to Musikaba Bridge and from Musikaba Bridge to Mutentu Bridge.
“We are committed to increasing local content and adhering to the local economic development framework by ensuring that construction materials are sourced locally,” he said.
Mabuyane also announced that the R61 from Baziya to Matata Airport Junction is in the final stages of procurement and will soon be awarded an award by SANRAL.
To prioritize road infrastructure to popular tourist destinations, contractors are R63 from Jansenville to Graf Flynet, Port Alfred from Makanda, Flagstaff from Magcheni, Muzamba from Phase 3 and Sifes Phase from N2. We are on site on many of the state’s major roads, including. According to Mabuyane, 4 roads and R61 to Full Reca Game Reserve, Willow Vale to Dwesa.
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Mabuyane aims to overturn the legacy of apartheid spatial planning in the Eastern Cape
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