“I am here to give feedback to the community and to tell them we have signed and gazetted this road,” Mbalula said, adding Sanral would lead the project, after an agreement with premier Oscar Mabuyane.
Business owners, taxi owners, KSD officials and traditional leaders were present.
“This road is important. It is a feeder in terms of tourism. It’s a key route linking main arteries of economic activity this side of the province.”
The R411, a provincial road, has been a bone of contention between state, motorists and residents for years.
After travelling the route to get to Coffee Bay, Mbalula acknowledged it was in a shocking state. He likened the potholes to swimming pools.
“There are ministers who have come here before me. But this stops with me. This road is going to be fixed. It will cost us a couple of millions to fix it.”
He said Sanral had started patching potholes as a temporary measure. But it would have to be built afresh — work set to start in September.
He said on Monday he would launch a programme called Valazonke aimed at fixing potholes in all nine provinces.
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