South African cement manufacturer PPC Ltd has entered into a partnership with the North West and Limpopo provinces and the Roads Agency Limpopo (RAL). This will see them upgrade an 82 km stretch of road between Koedoeskop and Dwaalboom.
The road is the only way that many community members can get to work, school or local shops. Parts of the road are still made of gravel and covered in potholes and dongas, restricting access during the rainy season and thereby preventing people from getting to work. Upgrading the road will help to improve social and economic conditions within the community.
The project will include: clearing and grubbing; construction of traffic deviations; removal or cleaning of existing culverts and fencing; basic earthworks, layer works, surfacing, road markings and signs.
PPC will contribute a substantial amount to the project, along with the governing parties in the North West and Limpopo provinces. RAL will contribute the total percentage of remaining costs.
“This road is going to have a huge economic and social impact. Sure it will also help the employees at our Dwaalboom plant, but also the thousands of others who need to travel this road on a daily basis to get to work, see relatives, or take their children to school,” said Asaph Ngoepe, Training and Development Officer at PPC’s Dwaalboom plant.
Ward Councillor TJ Moeng for the Mogalaneng community added: “For us, this road is so important because the busses and taxis travel on it to the mines and plants, and people use it to go to the shops and schools. Without this road there would be no life. Now we can unlock the economic potential of our community. This is good for everyone.”
Adapted from press release by Louise Fordham
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