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More money for WC road upgrades

An extra R50 million will be spent on Western Cape roads following budget allocation adjustments.

Western Cape roads are set to receive a facelift following budget allocation adjustments.

CAPE TOWN - Western Cape roads are in for an overhaul thanks to the mid-term budget adjustment.

About R50 million has been allocated to reducing the province's road maintenance infrastructure backlog.

Western Cape Finance MEC Alan Winde delivered his budget speech in the provincial legislature on Thursday.

He said a well organised, maintained and safe transport network, is crucial to attract investors and grow the economy.

"Road resurfacing helps maintain the backbone of the economy."

The provincial government has set a target of reducing the road maintenance backlog by 16 percent by 2014.

R1,5 billion has been allocated to the project.

Winde said this is good for business.

"This creates the space for people to move their products."

Other budget allocation adjustments include R60 million for housing improvements and R44 million to boost broadband connectivity.