Residents of the Enoch Mgijima Local Municipality (EMLM) will soon commute on refurbished roads as the new yellow plant that was handed over by transport MEC, Weziwe Tikana in 2018, has finally arrived.
The fleet which consists of a grader, TLB, excavator and a roller are well under way, servicing several roads in Komani that residents have been complaining about.
In last year’s Taking Parliament to The People held in Komani, Tikana said the plant had not been delivered due to differences between the department and the local authority in the service level agreement (SLA).
However, Enoch Mgijima Local Municipality (EMLM) spokesman Lonwabo Kowa indicated the SLA and both parties involved had agreed on roles, responsibilities and how the machinery must be used and maintained.
“The agreement will lapse in March 2023 and the plant will be returned to the department. Roads under the EMLM are set to be revamped after the local authority received the long-awaited construction plant from the transport department. The plant was handed over to the municipality on February 7. The plant has been acquired to maintain damaged roads in the municipal area.”
Speaking at the handover, portfolio head for technical services, councillor Noluthando Nqabisa, said the plant would ensure gravel roads were maintained.
“The ultimate goal is to have paved roads, but at this point we need this kind of machinery to fulfil our responsibility of providing safe and quality roads. Projects to be carried out with the plant include the upgrading of internal streets in Hofmeyr and Luxolweni townships, upgrading of the road past the Tsolwana Nature Reserve, upgrading of the Ezibeleni main road and a number of others.