The construction of the 2,4km Musina Harper road project has resumed following the easing of the countrywide lockdown regulations. The project, which is funded for R14,5million by De Beers Venetia mine, has lost more than 40 days of work during the lockdown period. Despite the time lost the contactor, Raubex Construction, is still confident that the will meet the completion deadline of 30 September this year. The sod turning ceremony took place at the beginning of March and work began just before the lockdown announcement.
The scope of work includes earthworks, asphalting, installing prefabricated culverts, road markings, erecting road signs and landscaping.
According to the Resident Engineer of the project, Ogopoleng Modise, as of 29 May, the physical progress at the project site was 18% and the elapsed time was about 15%. Modise said this should not be worrying factor and they still envisage to complete the project at the end of September.
Musina Mayor, Cllr Mihloti Muhlope said she was happy that at least 10 local formally employed community members are back at work with their colleagues at the road construction project. “It is our wish that every project that comes to our community also afford employment opportunities to our people. Apart from skills transfer, these formally unemployed community members would be able to put some food on their tables during the duration of the project.”
Edward Makonya is one of the taxi drivers who used the road before it was closed off for upgrades. “Although it takes us longer to move around certain areas because of the closure of the road, we are happy that the construction work has resumed. Upon completion, it will make traffic flow easier and we will be able to use the upgraded road with ease.