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By Sapa | Aug 15, 2014 | COMMENTS [ 43 ]

KwaZulu-Natal's transport department needs R17 billion to tackle the backlog in road maintenance, the Mercury reported on Friday.

The newspaper quoted transport MEC Willies Mchunu as saying that his department's total annual budget of R9bn was insufficient for the maintenance of the 7400kms under its jurisdiction.

Mchunu, who was addressing the legislature in Pietermaritzburg, said 80 percent of the province's roads were deteriorating rapidly as they had exceeded their 25 year lifespan.

"While we fare better than other provinces, our rate of poor roads is 43 percent, far higher than the global benchmark of less than 10 percent," he was quoted as saying.



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KZN again? what about other provinces?

Aug 15, 2014 11:22 | 1 replies


Ask that question to the premiers and transport MECs of other provinces. Do you understand the difference between provinces and national government and their respective ministries? Probably not. Ask your leaders to go to KZN and WC to be taught how to govern their provinces effectively.

Aug 15, 2014 2:23 | 0 replies


Mchunu go and take millions you give to Zwelithini to fix those roads.

Aug 15, 2014 11:22 | 0 replies



Aug 15, 2014 11:30 | 1 replies


s.cold - What did you do with the money you had for fixing roads?

Aug 15, 2014 11:42 | 1 replies


We fixed the roads, but it is definitely not enough. Can you read and comprehend at the same time?

Aug 15, 2014 2:24 | 1 replies


R180BILLION was not enough to fix 20% roads but R17BILLION will fix the remining 80&? Wena malome mgwiji onagana gore re tsene skolo mowe Nkadla keagobona.

Aug 15, 2014 4:56 | 0 replies


Please unleash eTolls on them like you did in Gauteng.

Aug 15, 2014 11:31 | 0 replies


steel less money from the pretol fund, that leaves you with more to actually fix the roads; and do not overpay to fraudulent tenders - that will also help

Aug 15, 2014 11:42 | 0 replies


Go get the money from nkandla and from zwelithini. F***ing tribalists.

Aug 15, 2014 11:42 | 1 replies


He will get it from the Finance Minister, Mr. Nene, you stu'pid and bitter tribalist.

Aug 15, 2014 2:26 | 1 replies


Where does Nene get that money from wena semamathane saga Gupta?When you give our tax to your silo samabandla wonke aKwaZulu you say the money is not our tax, it come from KZN Provincial Government.Now you confirm that KZN provincial gets it from National who in turn get it from our pocket.O a bona bjale? Bohlale bja ngwana ge a kgonama boa tšhologa.

Aug 15, 2014 5:2 | 0 replies


17 billion and the tender will be given to khulubuse to construct those roads at a very lower price and pocket the rest.

Aug 15, 2014 11:44 | 1 replies


Why not? The answer lies in the-so-called innovation and having the right networks..

Aug 15, 2014 2:27 | 1 replies


What you mean by "why not" wena motho? O tseba selo seo bareng ke ethics le gona o tseba meaning wa innovation mara wena malome mgwiji?Go fulela gae ke innovation? Ga le swabe man. Ora gore the rest of the people have got the wrong network. Network by birth and relation? Go nale phapano between network and nepotism.

Aug 15, 2014 5:11 | 0 replies


Based on Nkandla, we know that the price has been inflated. The actual money needed to fix the roads would be R1,7 million. Anyone else notice that the 25 year lifespan of these roads are nearing their end? Meaning, its still apartheid infrastructure.

Aug 15, 2014 11:59 | 2 replies


That will indeed mean that it is still the remains of the apartheid roads with their 25year lifespan. Mara every year they table and receive budgets for this purpose.

Aug 15, 2014 12:38 | 1 replies


"Mara every year they table and receive budgets for this purpose". No big province (in terms of the level of infrastructure development) such as KZN can maintain all of its roads, 7400 kms, on annual basis. KZN is neither the EC nor Limpopo wena s'lima. Maintance is done is a phased approach, otherwise the rest of the country's resources, included human capital would go to it.

Aug 15, 2014 2:32 | 1 replies


We Babe!,Mmalo banna, gape le famotše dinko mo le re bitša di slima busy defending the food of other men and their family including lapa la ga Gupta kagore you hope they will throw some crumbs to you while they eat. Shem malome maphanzela.

Aug 15, 2014 5:17 | 0 replies


For you to claim that the existing road infrastructure all over SA were built during apartheid shows ignorant. If you check for example major road linking PTA and Johannesburg, there is no foot print of apartheid road there.

Aug 15, 2014 12:41 | 6 replies


Cde Sew. It is based on the statement that 80% of the Provincial roads have exceeded their 25year lifespan. That mean they were built more than 25 years ago which is in the apartheid era my dear comrade. Or not? Also at budget of R9billion per annum, the last twenty years of this Provincial budget mean there was R180BILLION received for roads and it made only 20% of roads because 80% are still on 25 year lifespan.

Aug 15, 2014 12:59 | 1 replies


Not the brightest bulb in the box, our Sew.

Aug 15, 2014 1:0 | 0 replies


Sori I did not greet you Cde. How are you today? You can rest assured that I am not serving divorce papers to the movement. I just love transparency which Cde Madiba preached to us.

Aug 15, 2014 1:3 | 0 replies


Cde Sew. I proudly agree with you that there are many kilometres of brand new,post apartheid roads all over the country. Especially in the previously neglected rural areas. That is an undeniable fact. The old people will not recognise many rural villages in Limpopo if they can see them now.

Aug 15, 2014 1:8 | 0 replies


Sew, still very young you are. The N1 between Pta and Jhb is still largely apartheid road with a little upgrade here and there.

Aug 15, 2014 1:56 | 0 replies


i can promise you the major roads linking Joburg and Pretoria were indeed there before

Aug 15, 2014 2:3 | 1 replies


thta is without the addition of the e-thieving lanes

Aug 15, 2014 2:4 | 0 replies


LOL. Sew? That road between Pta and Jhb has been there before 1994.

Aug 15, 2014 2:9 | 0 replies


Whilst at it Mr Mchunu, please also talk to your comrades to spare some funds for Free State, North-West, Mpumalanga and Nothern Cape. Most of their roads are in a very bad state..... beyong driving conditions.

Aug 15, 2014 12:3 | 1 replies


It's not his duty to do that. The finance minister decides on the allocation to various provinces. The MEC form those provinces must get off their bums and do their work. KZN MEC serve KZN citizens, not the entire country.

Aug 15, 2014 2:38 | 0 replies


A very transparent tactic to try and force tolls onto the KZN public. DO NOT LET IT HAPPEN! WE PAY TAXES for the state to fix roads with. Let the MPs donate from their over-inflated salaries as they already are milking whatever they can wherever they can.

Aug 15, 2014 12:8 | 0 replies


ooh and by the way some road construction to Zwelithini's new Palace, oohh i see. what else Mchuchus???

Aug 15, 2014 12:10 | 0 replies