Sani Pass “golden highway” not a priority

Johann Krog, MPP

Democratic Alliance KZN

Last week’s visit, by the National Council of Provinces (NCOP) to KwaZulu-Natal highlighted provincial government’s intention to spend in excess of R1 billion on fixing the Sani Pass Road. Given that some R285 million has already been spent redoing the first 14 km, the figure is not that far-fetched.

Another area of concern witnessed by the members of the NCOP is the high number of cross-border citizens entering KwaZulu-Natal to find work, housing and education.  Our province is unable to meet the service delivery demands of its own population without the added burden of additional families and job seekers from neighbouring countries.

While the DA recognises the tourism opportunities that invitational corridors create, the question remains – should this billion rand not be spent on fixing our existing, crumbling road network?

The creation of a new ‘golden highway’ for the few that will venture through Sani Pass is debatable.

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