Minister Dr Blade Nzimande (right)
and Deputy Minister Ms Sindisiwe
Minister of Transport Dr Blade Nzimande announced a multi-billion rand stimulus package that is aimed at reviving economic activity in the country. The stimulus package also aims to restore investor confidence and prevent further job losses, create new jobs and to address some urgent challenges that affect the conditions faced by vulnerable groups among our people.
“These measures will ensure that government gives priority to the areas of economic activity that will have the greatest impact on youth, women and small businesses,” said the Minister.
The stimulus package comes in the form of stimulus projects that are on the SANRAL network, meaning road projects that SANRAL plans to undertake and the ones that they are already busy with.
Some of the major projects highlighted during the press briefing that took place on Tuesday, 26 February 2019 in Pretoria are as follows:
- The upgrading of the Moloto Road – the R573. It was identified as a priority project for government because of concerns over safety. The road carries about 50 000 commuters every working day. It was allocated an amount of R3.3 billion.
- The Eastern Cape N2 Wild Coast project. The upgrade of the N2 Wild Coast road from East London to Port Edward is in progress. This is a pivotal initiative that can unlock economic opportunities in some of the most impoverished districts in the country. It will unlock opportunities in the fields of eco-tourism, agri-processing and commerce through improved access to the broader transport network. The project is expected to cost about R3 billion.
- In KwaZulu-Natal an estimated figure of R13 billion will be spent in upgrading the N3 between Durban and Pietermaritzburg. This is a primary economic artery for the country and the entire Southern African region because of the volume and the value of goods moved by road between Durban port and Gauteng.