KZN needs R17bn for roads

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.