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Millions pumped into upgrading of roads

19 June 2020
The dilapidated road network of the Kouga Municipal area is being revived by the Kouga
Council after years of neglect under former rule.
More than R25-million has been pumped into the repair and upgrade of roads during the
2020/21 financial year. This has included the tarring of gravel roads for the first time in more
than a decade.
“The backlog in road maintenance was more than R500-million when we took control of the
Council four years ago,” said Kouga Executive Mayor Horatio Hendricks.
“A good road network is essential for economic growth, as well as the social well-being of
communities, which made addressing the backlog a matter of absolute necessity.”
He said a multi-pronged approach was being implemented to get Kouga’s roads back up to the
standard.
This has included the filling of potholes as a short-term fix and the resealing of roads as a
longer-term solution.
Almost 24 000 potholes have been filled over the past two years, with the municipality’s road
repair teams receiving advanced training and new equipment to strengthen their efforts.
Seventy temporary workers were also employed for six months to accelerate repairs.
More than 105 000m² of road has further been resurfaced with hot asphalt over the past two
years while 142 000m² has been slurried. This has included major roads across the region,
including access roads to townships.
Gravel roads are also being graded and tarred. The programme is set to be expanded to include
the paving of gravel roads in impoverished areas.
Hendricks said innovative new methods to extend the lifespan of roads was further being
explored.
“We are especially proud of the work that was done on Woltemade Street in Jeffreys Bay, which
was resurfaced with a revolutionary new asphalt mix that includes recycled waste plastic,” he
said.
The road was officially opened in December 2019.
“The backlog is massive and there is still a long way to go,” Hendricks said. “But we will
continue eating this elephant bit by bit for as long as we are in power to strengthen Kouga’s
economy and her people.”