‘Road of death’ in Mpumalanga to be revamped

Government has set aside R3.7 billion to rehabilitate the entire 139 km of the Moloto Road.

FILE: Over twenty-five people were killed an accident involving a bus and a truck in moloto Road, near Kwaggafontein in Mpumalanga. Picture:Barry Bateman/EWN.

JOHANNESBURG - Transport Minister Dipuo Peters has officially launched the long-awaited Moloto Road Development Project in KwaMhlanga in Mpumalanga.

Government has set aside R3.7 billion to rehabilitate the road, which runs through Gauteng, Mpumalanga and Limpopo.

The project will begin in September.

The R573 Moloto Road, known to many as the "road of death" will finally be revamped later this year.

Peters says the start of this project is well overdue as many people have lost their lives.

"We have seen many crashes, we have seen many people lose their lives on this particular road and we want to stop that."

She says the project will ensure that safety is enhanced on South African roads.

"We are looking at a comprehensive intervention and that is why we are very excited that for once we could make a decision that is timely."

The transport minister says government has elevated issues around road safety to that of national priority.

The transport minister says the upgrading of Moloto Road will create over 5,000 jobs.

Peters says the upgrade aims to promote safety and boost the economy.

"We've been given an indication that it will create about 5,500 jobs. These are much needed jobs over the next period of about five years."

Over 50,000 commuters use the Moloto Road daily.

The upgrade will cover the entire 139 km of the Moloto Road over the next five to 10 years.