The N12 Road in Westonaria which is a gateway to North West, Northern Cape and Free State Province will receive a massive upgrade worth R370 million this year.
This was revealed by Gauteng MEC for Roads and Transport Dr Ismail Vadi who was accompanied by Executive Mayor for Westonaria, Councilor Nonkoliso Tundzi-Howe, MMC’s from Merafong and City of Johannesburg during the launch on Monday 28 July 2014 at Simunye in the Westonaria Local Municipality.
This project which is anticipated to be a 2 years project will benefit Westonaria, Merafong and City of Johannesburg.
The R370 million rand project on road P3/6 (N12) is an infrastructure development initiative undertaken jointly by the provincial government and private sector. It involves the rehabilitation of the single carriageway between the Gauteng-North West border and the road P111/1 (R501) and the dual carriageway road from P111/1 (R501) to P186/1 (N12).
The route stretches towards the North West Province, passing through Potchefstroom and Krugersdorp towns from Johannesburg. The road also serves as a distributor for rural areas and towns.
Dr Vadi emphasized that the project will stimulate local economic activities in the three municipalities and Gauteng Province as a whole. “We will conduct monitoring and assessment on a quarterly basis, said the MEC.”
Meanwhile small and emerging contractors are expected to play an important role in the project, with local communities benefitting in terms of skills, work opportunities and sub-contracting.
Speaking to Council News Desk, Westonaria Local Municipality Executive Mayor Nonkoliso Tundzi-Howe welcomed the project and highlighted that the project will increase agricultural, mining activities and trade in the region.