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R170m to repair Gauteng roads

Repairs are underway on the N14 which authorities say was the most badly damaged stretch of road.

Gauteng MEC for Roads and Transport Ismail Vadi repairing a damaged section of the N14 road on 18 March 2014. Picture: Masego Rahlaga/EWN.

JOHANNESBURG - The Gauteng government estimates it will need to spend over R170 million to repair roads and infrastructure damaged by the recent wet weather in the province.

Repairs are already underway on the N14 which authorities say was the most badly damaged stretch of road.

EWN video: Heavy rains damage Gauteng roads

The highway is 40km long and links Mogale City and Tshwane, with more than 25,000 vehicles travelling on the highway every day.

At least 33 people died as a result of the flooding in five provinces in recent weeks and hundreds of people have been left stranded after their homes were flooded or swept away.

Picture: iWitness.

Authorities are now counting the financial cost.

Gauteng Transport MEC Ismail Vadi has indicated at least R50 million was needed to fix the roads in Gauteng, while Tshwane Mayor Kgosientso Ramokgopa said it would cost the city more than R124 million to repair its roads alone.

Picture: iWitness.

The Johannesburg Road Agency is expected to release its figures this morning while Ekurhuleni will release its numbers later this week.

Meanwhile, weather experts say more rain is expected in parts of the country, although it will not be as severe as in the past two weeks.