Meisie Kennedy MPL
DA’s Spokesperson on Roads and Transport
Residents of Pudiyakgopa in Mogalakwena Municipality are walking long distances and struggling to access work and services because of a promised road that has not been built for 5 years.
The Roads Agency Limpopo (RAL) has promised the residents that it would tar the gravel road D3537 that connects D4380 and the N11 in 2008 but nothing has been done till to date.
The 18 km road from Harry Openheimer to Pudiyakgopa was approved by the agency and they appointed engineering consulting services (RAL /C547) to upgrade the road but delayed the project due to the budget constraints to the next financial year (2009/2010).
The community made several attempts to get clarity about the project in the Department of Roads and Transport and the agency but they were taken from pillar to post. The DA visited the affected areas and discovered that the roads look terrible and that taxis and buses have stopped using the road. The commuters are forced to walk long distances to get taxis and buses to work or to town.
The citizens are struggling with transportation whereas the road has been approved about five years ago. We believe that failure by the agency and the department to fulfil their promises is part of a trend developed by the ANC led government to make empty promises to all citizens.
The DA will submit written questions in the Legislature to the MEC for Roads and Transport , Pitsi Moloto, to explain why the project has been neglected and what has happened to the money which was meant for the project.