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'R50m damage to Gauteng roads from rain'

The Gauteng Transport MEC says it’ll cost for than R50m to repair roads damaged by persistent rain.

The Gauteng Transport MEC says it’ll cost for than R50m to repair roads damaged by persistent rain.

JOHANNESBURG - Gauteng Transport MEC Ismail Vadi says it will cost more than R50 million to fix the province's roads following damage caused by the recent heavy rain.

Repairs are already underway on the N14 freeway, which was the most severely damaged stretch of road in the past two weeks.

At least 20 men are busy trying to repair potholes on parts of the N14 at the moment.

The freeway is 40 kilometres long and links Mogale City and Tshwane, with more than 25,000 vehicles travelling on the road each day.

Vadi says at least R50 million is needed to fix the roads in Gauteng, while in Tshwane Mayor Kgosientso Ramokgopa has said it will cost the city R124 million to repair its roads.

Vadi says Big Eye Investment, the company which is supposed to repair the N14, has not looked after the freeway.

"They have failed. I came here to see it for myself and they have failed."

He says his department is monitoring all companies involved with road repairs in the province and if there is not an improvement, penalties will be instituted, including blacklisting.

"We will institute penalties and if we still don't see a satisfactory improvement, we will move towards blacklisting."

Vadi says the province is fortunate that no major roads in Gauteng were washed away, as was the case in Limpopo.

SANDTON SINKHOLE

On Monday questions were raised about the quality of Johannesburg's transport infrastructure after many roads disintegrated following the heavy rain.

In Sandton, Coleraine Drive had to be closed off after a three metre deep sinkhole developed there.