Dec 4, 2022

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Outside firm for oversight and drones and project management tools for spending on Gauteng roads

Tight controls overseeing funds – this is what the Gauteng Roads and Transport Authority is promising as it prepares to spend its R8.75 billion budget.

Of the funds allocated, the department will spend R2.5 billion on infrastructure projects, including planning, design, construction and maintenance; R2.9 billion for transportation and R2.45 billion for the Gautrain’s operating expenses and subsidies.

“To protect these funds and ensure that the people of our province get good value- value for money, we have appointed an independent reputable law firm with extensive experience in contract law to help us manage time, cost and quality as critical components of transport infrastructure delivery,” said MEC for Public Transport and Road Infrastructure, Jacob Mamabolo .

A compliance office resides in the department’s Transport Infrastructure House (TIH), a platform created to resolve, troubleshoot and unblock the project delivery pipeline. Through the TIH, the department has an overview of all processes taking place in the road and transport industries and also other entities that play a crucial role in supporting the department’s mandate >

Using smart tools such as drones, project management dashboards and service level agreements, the Compliance Office forms an integral part of contract management and will improve the performance management of all our service providers throughout the delivery pipeline, said the MEC.

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“This office is already helping us to Accelerate delivery through accountability and real-time monitoring.”

To unlock investment in the real estate development sector, he said the department is also working with the private sector to build roads that help improve mobility and support developers.

This fiscal year, the department will partner to to redesign the Grayston Drive/M1 interchange to improve traffic flow.

It will also design and build the Cradlestone Interchange, the K14 Rainbow Junction Bridge over the Apies River and the Vaal River Interchange, said Mamabolo.

Road construction projects that started last fiscal year and will continue this year are :

1. Vaal River City: Construction of new connecting and access roads on the R42 (Barrage Road) in Vereeniging.

2. K101 Phase 1: Widening (doubling) of the P1/2 (K101) road of the old Pretoria/Johannesburg road from the N1 Rooihuskraal junction to the D795 road.

3. K14: Single lane K14 road from P2-5 (R513) Cullinan Road to Rayton Road D483 (R516) to bypass Cullinan.

4. K46 Phase 2 – William Nicol between PWV5 (Juskei River) and Diepsloot.

5. 15 Phase 3: Upgrading the K15 Adcock Road between K102 Main St. Dobsonville and Wild Chestnut St. Protea Glen.

6. K56 upgrade between K46 (William Nicol Drive) and P79/1 (Main RD) and extension of Erling Rd.

7. K73: Widening of the K73 between Woodmead Drive and Allandale Road (D58).

8. P39/1 Heavy rehabilitation from km30 Diepsloot to km43 Muldersdrift, approx. 14.35 km.

9. P175/1: Rehabilitation of the P175/1 road from Vanderbijlpark to Potchefstroom, phase 2.

Violence and e-toll

Touches hot potato issues in its portfolio, the MEC said as part of the In order to improve the safety and stability of the public transportation system, the Department is in an advanced stage of establishing the Public Transportation Arbitration Board.

“The Gauteng Provincial Legislature has already enacted regulations to support the establishment of the Board , which will deal with disputes and conflicts related to public transport,” Mamabolo said.

On the abolition of the e-toll, he said: “We are waiting for a decision from the national government, and that decision should be the Abolish this disease be -fated system.”

Since 2019, Gauteng Prime Minister David Makhura has been promising an upcoming announcement on how to proceed with e-tolls, but so far that is yet to come did not happen.

< span>Transport Minister Fikile Mbalula told MPs a week ago that they would work closely with Finance Minister Enoch Godongwana to finalize outstanding matters related to e-tolls. p>

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