R8.7 billion allocated to boost Gauteng’s road and transport economy
Gauteng’s Department of Roads and Transport has set itself a budget of R8.75 billion to boost the province’s economic growth and recovery from the Covid-19 pandemic.
R2.5 billion of the allocated budget will be spent on transport infrastructure projects, including planning, design, construction and maintenance.
R2.9 billion will be allocated to transport operations, while R2.4 billion will be allocated to the Gautrain for operating expenses and grants.
To curb any misuse of the funds, MEC for Public Transport and Road Infrastructure Jacob Mamabolo has appointed a law firm to oversee the use of the funds.
“As part of safeguarding these funds and ensuring that the people of our province get value for their money, we have appointed a reputable independent law firm with extensive experience in contract law to help us manage time, costs and quality as essential components of transport. infrastructure delivery,” Mamabolo said.
Transport infrastructure house
The compliance office, located within the Maison des Infrastructures de Transport (TIH) of the Department, will provide an overview of all the processes that take place in the departments of the Department.
TIH is a platform created to solve, troubleshoot and unblock the project delivery pipeline.
Through this platform, the ministry says it will have an “overview of other units that play a critical role in carrying out their mandate.”
The Compliance Office will intensify the management performance of all service providers, using drones, project management dashboards and service level agreements.
“This office is already helping us speed delivery through real-time accountability and monitoring,” Mamabolo added.
The department also partners with the private sector to build and redesign roads and infrastructure, as well as attract investment in the property development sector.
“During this fiscal year, the department will enter into a partnership to redesign the Grayston Drive/M1 interchange to improve traffic flow. The department will also design and build the Cradlestone Interchange, the K14 Rainbow Junction Bridge over the Apies River and the Vaal River Interchange,” Mamabolo added.
Road projects that started in the previous fiscal year and will continue this fiscal year are:
- Vaal River City – new interchange on R42 at Vereeniging.
- K101 – upgrading of the N1 Rooihuskraal interchange to the D795 road.
- K14 – Cullinan Road to Rayton Road for R516 to bypass Cullinan.
- K46 Phase 2 – William Nicol between Juskei River and Diepsloot.
- 15 Phase 3 – Adcock Road Improvement between K102 Main Street, Dobsonville and Wild Chestnut Street, Protea Glen.
- K56 upgrade – between K46 (William Nicol Drive) and P79/1 (Main RD) and Erling Rd extension.
- K73 – K73 road improvement between Woodmead Drive and Allandale Road.
- P39/1 – Heavy rehabilitation from km30 Diepsloot to km43 Muldersdrift.
- Phase 2 – P175/1: rehabilitation of road P175/1 from Vanderbijlpark to Potchefstroom Phase 2.
Elimination of e-tolls
The ministry also said it would establish the Office of Public Transport Arbitration.
“The Gauteng Provincial Legislature has already passed regulations to support the creation of the office which will deal with public transport disputes and disputes,” Mamabolo said.
He will also continue to call for the removal of e-tolls.
“We are awaiting a decision from the national government and that decision should be to scrap this unfortunate system,” Mamabolo concluded.
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