LENYENYE TO KHUJWANA ROAD GETS AN UPGRADE
The communities of Lenyenye and Khujwani including their surrounding areas will soon benefit from the project of upgrading the Lenyenye to Khujwani road.
The road is one of several infrastructure projects approved by Council for implementation in the 2019/2020 financial year. The road which is 5.8-kilometer long road will be upgraded from gravel to tar. The project is aimed at improving access between Lenyenye Township to Khujwani Village, the road will also include paved access the graveyard.
Lenyenye resident Alice Modiba says “the new road comes as a relief, we will now have faster and better access to Khujwana and other places after we have struggled before.”
According to Olga Tshisevhe, GTM Manager for roads and stormwater, the scope of work for the tar road project includes the repairing and construction of stormwater concrete channels and culverts, construction of guard rails along the road and gabion retaining walls, road marking and road signs.
GTM will spend an estimated R31.5 million on the project. Eighteen people from the nearby communities have already been employed in the project and there is a plan to employ additional 16 people before the project is completed in 2022, this is according to EPWP Officer in the GTM Miyelani Shandlale.
The Mayor of GTM Maripe Mangena believes that the multimillion-rand project will make a noticeable difference to the lives of about 3145 households residing in both communities.
Councillor Roniel Rikhotso, ward Councillor of Khujwana Village says the community is pleased about the project which is expected to bring development to both communities “the road will also provide an alternative shortcut to the two places and the local complex in Maake plaza beside the R36 road.” Said Rikhotso.
By Vutivi Makhubele
MULATI ROAD UPGRADE FINALLY UNDERWAY
MBAMBAMENCISI ROAD GETS AN UPGRADE
The street that serves as a boundary between Nkowankowa Section B and Nkowankowa Section D, commonly known as Mbambamencisi (meaning the search for a matchbox) has been a source of pain for road users and local residents.
This is soon to change as the Greater Tzaneen Municipality is currently implementing a project to upgrade the street from gravel to interlocked bricks paving. An area measuring 1.5km in length will be paved. “People have been complaining about the street before I became a ward councilor and finally the project to upgrade the street is in progress,” said Thandy Mpenyana.
“The project started in October 2018 and should be completed by the end of May this year (2019)” said Manana Andries from Project management unit. From June 2019 the community of Nkowankowa will no longer have to wait for a long time to access taxis and buses to work, schools, shopping centers, and other service centers.
According to Nyasha Manyunga, a resident of Nkowankowa D during rainy seasons the situation becomes worse, the road would be full of water because the drainage system installed previously was poor.
Manyunga says taxis do not come to “our side” so it is a struggle for us as commuters”.
Manyunga again said he believes the upgraded street will come with a proper drainage system as the place is low lying.
“The project entails the paving of the 1.5km street with 80mm grey interlocking paving blocks as well as stormwater drainage”.
The project has not benefited the community of ward 21 with the road only but it has also created jobs for many people in the area. “I have been without a job for 5 years and I’m glad this project brought change in my life. With the stipend I get every month I am able to provide for my two children who are in tertiary institutions” said Beauty Mabena, the Community Liaison Officer of the project.
According to John Matlala the Manager of the Project management Unit in the municipality, the municipality appointed Makasana Construction to do the R 8.7 million project. Ryntex consulting engineering has been appointed as the consultants of the road project.
By Patricia Muchabi
GTM SCOOPS TWO SALGA AWARDS
Greater Tzaneen Municipality scooped two awards in the recently held SALGA Speakers Forum hosted at Karibu Leisure Resort. The municipality won the award for “Leading municipality in the provision of tools of trade/councilor welfare and support”. The second award was for the “Most functional Rules and Ethics Committee in Mopani District Municipality”.
By Neville Ndlala