More funding needed for roads

RESPONSE: 2010 World director Errol Heynes. Pic. Antonio Muchave. 04/06/07. © Sowetan.
RESPONSE: 2010 World director Errol Heynes. Pic. Antonio Muchave. 04/06/07. © Sowetan.

The Nelson Mandela Bay Municipality has asked for an additional R500 million from the Eastern Cape government for transport and road infrastructure.

The Nelson Mandela Bay Municipality has asked for an additional R500 million from the Eastern Cape government for transport and road infrastructure.

This is over and above the R400 million that the municipality is spending to upgrade roads in preparation for the 2010 World Cup.

Errol Heynes, the 2010 World Cup director, said they were still waiting for a response to their request.

"We have started with our plans to upgrade our transport infrastructure in the municipality, we also want to make sure our roads are in the best condition," said Heynes, who is a former deputy mayor of the municipality.

"The road infrastructure will be part of the Khulane Corridor, which connects the city with various townships in the municipality."

The townships connected to the city by the corridor include New Brighton, Zwide, KwaZakhele, KwaMaqake and Mother-well.

"These form part of the legacies that will be left by the World Cup," said Heynes.

"We have to impress them [tourists] so that they can even come back after the World Cup. So far so good in terms of our preparations."

Nyameka Grootboom, a resident of Motherwell, said they were impressed with the deve-lopments taking place in their townships.

"It is highly appreciated that the municipality saw it fit to add a few tangible new developments in the townships, because of the World Cup being played in the city," said Grootboom.

"The upgrading of the roads is one of the most important things; we will be able to drive without having to zig-zag in order to avoid pot-holes.

"We are also happy to hear that some of the stadiums and open fields in the townships will also be improved, the legacy of the World Cup will be great for us too."

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