Safety boost for Richards Bay motorists, pedestrians thanks to new roads
06 November 2019 | Web Article Number: ME201917015
THE daily commute is now a quicker and safer experience for motorists and pedestrians using three new roads that have been constructed in the Mpembeni area near Esikhaleni in Richards Bay on the north coast of KwaZulu-Natal.
The roads - D887, D1597 and P537 - were built by Richards Bay Minerals (RBM) at a cost of R73 million in conjunction with the KwaZulu-Natal Department of Transport.
Residents said they felt safer walking along the roads with proper sidewalks.
“Roads exist to connect communities, to open new horizons, to bring people to opportunities and opportunities to people,” said RBM Managing Director Werner Duvenhage at a ceremony to mark the opening of the roads.
“RBM has always striven to support the efforts by government to push back the frontiers of poverty and improve the lives of South African citizens in general by promoting community development through all its projects.
"RBM is here to celebrate a successful partnership with the KZN Department of Transport and a delivery of a key commitment that was made to RBM’s host communities under our Social Labour Plan,” Duvenhage said.
Speaking at the event, MEC for Transport, Community Safety and Liaison, Bheki Ntuli said communities in the area had suffered great hardship without proper roads, especially in the rainy season when school children were forced to stay at home.
"The new roads will also benefit the large number of people who commute to work. The new roads will assist in the encouragement of the local economy as proper road networks make it possible for local businesses to thrive in the area,” he said.
People from the local communities of Dube and Mkhwanazi were employed during the construction of the new roads.