Gauteng has allocated more than R640 million since 2006 to upgrade and develop roads in terms of the Twenty Prioritised Townships Programme.
The provincial government said on Wednesday the programme sought to ensure the tarring of all roads in historically disadvantaged areas to improve living conditions and also ensure better access to services.
The roads programme is expected to be completed by the end of 2009.
The programme was initiated to help redress historical imbalances in socio-economic infrastructure and to address the legacy of apartheid planning.
The townships that form part of the programme are Atteridgeville, Saulsville, Soshanguve, Mamelodi, Kagiso, Munsieville, Mohlakeng, Boipatong, Bophelong, Sharpeville, Sebokeng, Ratanda, Katlehong, Kwatsaduza (KwaThema, Tsakane, and Duduza), Wattville, Daveyton, Tembisa, Refilwe, Rethabiseng, as well as Orlando and Zola, in Soweto.
MEC Ignatius Jacobs said roads played an important role in the socio-economic growth and development of communities by providing better access to services and economic activity.
"That is why the government is also implementing a Better Roads Plan with the Gauteng Freeway Improvement Scheme." - Sapa