R13bn to be spent on road infrastructure
The ANC is committed to investing in projects that include road repairs, resurfacing and road widening because they have the added benefit of generally high employment impact. We therefore welcome the recent unveiling of a R13 billion road infrastructure programme by the Department of Transport. This comprises a number of packages in several provinces, in response to the Presidential Stimulus Package that will create an estimated 20 000 jobs. The R3.5bn budget from the stimulus package, which would be supplemented by the SA National Roads Agency budget allocations, would unlock an investment of R13.1bn in critical and strategic road infrastructure.
A number of stimulus projects were in place on the Sanral network, some of which were "shovel ready", and where they were able to move from the design to the construction phase. Many of these will reach completion within the next 12 to 24 months, and their economic impact reaches communities in all nine provinces and beyond into the Southern African region. In the Eastern Cape, work is well under way to upgrade the N2 Wild Coast road from East London to Port Edward, which is a pivotal initiative that could unlock economic opportunities in some of the most impoverished districts in the country.