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Joburg roads to receive R900m upgrade... without tolling motorists

Over R900 million will be allocated to the Johannesburg Roads Agency to resurface & upgrade roads.

FILE: The City of Johannesburg. Picture: Aki Anastasiou/EWN.

JOHANNESBURG - The City of Johannesburg has vowed to upgrade roads and highways without tolling motorists.

Finance MMC Geoffrey Makhubo announced a proposed R52 billion annual budget for the city on Tuesday.

Of this, over R900 million will be allocated to the Johannesburg Roads Agency to resurface roads, upgrade gravel roads and close open storm water drains.

Makhubo says at the same time they want to improve the M1 and M2 highways given the traffic volumes both roads endure.

"Preliminary capacity work will begin on upgrade on the M1 and M2 motorways with the aim of full scale implementation in the medium term as part of Gauteng Freeway Improvement roads without the gantries."

At the same time, basic service costs are expected to go up from 1 July, with about a 10 percent increase on municipal bills.

This will be due to proposed hikes of 12 percent for electricity, six percent for rates, 14 percent for water and sanitation and eight percent for waste removal services.

CITY TO ALLOCATE R743m TO HEALTH

Makhubo also announced that the city would be allocating R743 million to health department.

Several major hospitals operate in the city, specifically the Chris Hani Baragwanath Hospital, which treats thousands of patients daily.

Concerns have been brought up about the state of the hospitals and clinics, not only in the city but also in the province.

Makhubo said they were budgeting a large amount for health to deal with various issues.

"Key projects funded include long and healthy lifestyles through programmes aimed at preventing chronic diseases."

At the same time, City Power will be given over R15 billion for the next financial year.

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