Business Owners suffer as R50 intersection gets worse

Jane Sithole MPL

Spokesperson – Public Works, Roads & Transport

The dilapidated intersection between the R50 and the R555 in the Victor Khanye Local Municipality is having a devastating effect on local businesses as the road continues to disintegrate and is ridden with potholes. The continued damage of this road has resulted in a loss of income for many small business owners around this intersection.

The added pressure by the heavy load trucks that use this road regularly is the primary cause of damage to the road. The increased volume in traffic congestion has led to the avoidance of the route by community members, travelling to Secunda or other surrounding areas and this has led to establishments like the local Wimpy experiencing a 50% drop in sales.

The DA is extremely concerned by the lack of action by the Mpumalanga Provincial Government, in particular the MEC of Public Works, Roads and Transport, in upgrading this road to prevent further deterioration. The loss of business for small businesses will result in job losses, adding further strain to the massive unemployment problem facing residents of this municipality. While government repeatedly claims to be ‘pro-poor’ and concerned with reducing unemployment in the province, their laxed attitude to addressing serious road infrastructure like this, is proving the exact opposite.

The DA finds the lack of action by the provincial government unacceptable, and we call on the MEC for Public Works, Roads and Transport, Ms Nhlengethwa to address this issue as a matter of urgency. We cannot sit idle and witness government failures putting the livelihoods of our provinces residents at risk and in order to save jobs, urgent intervention is required.