KZN government employs 4 000 youth to repair flood-damaged roads

About 4 000 South African youth will flood numerous parts of KwaZulu-Natal (KZN) in a new road infrastructure initiative heralded by the provincial government.

The province’s transport department officially launched the Vukayibambe Routine Road Maintenance Project on Tuesday, aimed at training and upskilling disadvantaged youth.

Youth encouraged to actively participate

Participants will learn about minor road maintenance and repairs, including pothole patching, road marking and grass cutting. The department will prioritise road infrastructure damaged in the recent floods.

READ MORE: Zikalala says KZN has not received fund allocation for floods

The Dannhauser Local Municipality is among the districts the government has identified for the project roll-out. In June last year, KZN transport MEC Peggy Nkonyeni encouraged the youth to grab the opportunity with both hands.

“Young people should not wait for employment opportunities but develop the hunger for entrepreneurship. It cannot be business as usual when the youth remain the lowest represented group within strategic decision-making structures. 

“The success of such programmes and other government interventions is dependent on the youth and their active citizenry. The involvement of our people, especially the young, is critical for prosperity and socio-economic transformation [in the province].”

KZN transport MEC Peggy Nkonyeni

KZN premier unveils R500M road project

Recently, KZN premier Sihle Zikalala announced the province’s R500 million-plus road infrastructure recovery plan. He unveiled the construction of two major road projects aimed at economic rebuilding and repairing damaged infrastructure.

The government will upgrade a section of the 17-kilometre P725 road next to eMadundube in the eThekwini Metropolitan Municipality from gravel to blacktop. The undertaking will cost R125 million. Another part of the road, severely damaged during the floods, will be rehabilitated.

Furthermore, Zikalala committed that the government is speedily moving to restore damaged infrastructure across the province and will prioritise the hardest-hit communities.

“As the provincial government, we are serious about our commitment to recovery and reconstruction. This investment will ensure that the people of eThekwini can connect and access facilities.

“The endeavour will also create jobs and further economic growth. Importantly, it will open economic activities which will benefit the small emerging entrepreneurs affected by the recent floods.”

KZN premier Sihle Zikalala

Zikalala also revealed that the province needs about R6.5 billion to undertake 1 365 projects in flood-affected areas. He promised to unveil further projects and hand these over to contractors in the next few weeks.

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