Gauteng spends millions in road upgrade
Gauteng MEC for Roads and Transport Ismail Vadi has launched a R237-million project aimed at rehabilitating the R28 route between Sebokeng and Westonaria, south west of Johannesburg.
“The single carriageway provides a bypass for road traffic from the south of Johannesburg to the N12 and the North West Province. It essentially supports the agricultural and mining sectors of the economy,” said MEC Vadi.The project scope includes significant road works along 29 km of the R28, reinstating road markings and signage, replacing damaged signs and guardrails, clearing the road reserve and drainage structures, and cutting overgrown grass along the route.
The R28 had degraded over the years due to increased road usage by heavy-duty trucks, particularly from the mines and farms in the area. The provincial Department for Roads and Transport said the project is scheduled to be completed over 24 months.
“The project is designed to be labour intensive and preference will be given to local SMMEs to meet the 30% sub-contracting requirements. Local labour employed on site will include females, youth and persons with disabilities,” the department said.