Transport Minister Blade Nzimande used his Budget Vote speech on Friday to announce several bold projects that his department will undertake.
The projects, which will be implemented within the next 12 months, are in line with the National Transport Master Plan (NATMAP) 2050, which aims to transform the transport system in order to support economic growth and development in South Africa.
“We shall carry out these projects within the context of a policy aimed at building a strong and growing economy, which will benefit all our people,” Minister Nzimande said.
One of the projects that will receive priority is the R573 Moloto Road, which will be upgraded at a cost of R1.1 billion. Known as the infamous “road of death”, Moloto traverses three provinces, namely Gauteng, Mpumalanga and Limpopo.
The modernisation of this road forms part of the Moloto Road Development Corridor, which will include much-needed investment in passenger rail to offer commuters a safer, faster and more accessible connection between Mpumalanga and Gauteng.
The department will this financial year rehabilitate the road infrastructure damaged by disasters at a cost of R647.9 million over the medium term, through an additional allocation to supplement the reprioritisation in the provincial roads maintenance grant.