Millions for roads repair

Alex Matlala

Alex Matlala

The Limpopo provincial government has set aside R378 million for rebuilding and repairing the roads that were damaged by floods this week.

Downpours swept away roads and bridges in the province since the beginning of November.

Roads and Transport department spokesman Boiki Tsedu said the money would be distributed to different areas affected by the rains. The bulk of the budget would be injected in rural villages, which were hard-hit by the torrential rains.

Tsedu said other areas hard-hit by floods were Phalaborwa and part of the Musina-Louis Trichardt road.

"We have since dispatched a group of inspectors to survey damage caused by the floods.

"We will be guided by the report of the survey and decide how much needs to be spent for a particular area," he said.

South African Weather Bureau forecaster Nthokozo Ngubo, however, said more rains were still expected in Limpopo.

Ngubo says the province must brace itself for more rains until March next year.

Meanwhile, two farm workers in the Letsitele and the Malamulele areas have been reportedly suspended from work after they allegedly reported late after lunch.

The workers, both women, had allegedly experienced transport problem to reach work on time after a bus which ferries them to work failed to arrive at the bus stop.