Government sets aside about R150m to fix mud schools, potholes
26 Jan 2011
To rid the country of potholes and mud schools, government has set aside about R150 million, said Minister of Public Works Gwen Mahlangu-Nkabinde.
At a press briefing held in Kempton Park, Ekurhuleni, on Tuesday, Mahlangu-Nkabinde said the multi-million rand project would create at least 14 000 jobs and would start in March in Sandton.
"We have the right technology to deal with potholes. Our roads are in an undesirable condition, and if things can go wrong in Sandton it means it could be worse in rural areas.
"We understand that we need a lot of money, but we want to get started because we will never get anywhere if we wait for millions (of rands) that are needed," she said.
She admitted that the government's budget for repairing potholes was tight.
"We want to make sure that potholes are a thing of the past," she said.
Meanwhile, Deputy Minister of Public Works Hendrietta Bogopane-Zulu said government had made progress towards the eradication of mud schools.
She said under the R2,7 billion project, government was left with 300 schools out of the initial 3 000 mud schools.
"By 2015 we hope we would have completed the eradication of such schools in keeping with the Millennium Goals," she said.
Issued by: Gauteng Office of the Premier
26 Jan 2011
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