The Eastern Cape town of Matatiele is set to benefit from road construction and maintenance projects worth more than R1.2 billion.According to the South African National Roads Agency SOC Limited (SANRAL) Southern Region’s Regional Manager, Mbulelo Peterson, the road infrastructure development initiatives will drive economic prosperity in the area. Peterson was speaking at a Taking SANRAL to the People stakeholder engagement session which took place in Matatiele in November 2021. The event formed part of a series of events in the Matatiale Local Municipality. SANRAL hosted three information sessions with the municipal leadership, local SMMEs and the transport sector to discuss SANRAL’s road infrastructure projects in the municipality, as well as the road agency’s transformation agenda. “All these opportunities are open to local stakeholders. We call on SMMEs to start preparing themselves, so that they are able to benefit from economic opportunities availed to them during the implementation phase,” Peterson said. Colleena Maome, the owner of Collz Enterprise, a transport business, said: “The engagements were impactful, as we received helpful information about upcoming projects.”
One of the projects is the rehabilitation of National Route R56, Section 8, from Matatiele (km 130.15) to the KwaZulu Natal (KZN) boundary (km 168.71).The project will include:
- The refurbishment of the Mzimvubu River Bridge.
- Demolishing and reconstruction of Matatiele Bridge 3 and Edendale Farm Stream Bridge.
- Construction of new cattle underpasses.
- Construction of pedestrians’ sidewalks in Matatiele and Cedarville.