ROAD WORKS: Officials and councillors of the Polokwane municipality inspect road projects at Makotopong and Mamphaka villages.
The construction of roads in the Mamphaka and Makotopong areas around the Polokwane city has brought hope to some villagers.
The projects, with a combined value of R27m involve the upgrading of the 5km Mamphaka road linking the village with Spitzkop and the construction of 3.75km road at Makotopong.
Municipal spokesperson Matshidiso Mothapo said: “About 100 people are already employed on a temporary basis on the projects.
“We hope to see the Makotopong projects which started in January this year being completed just after the middle of this year.”
The Mamphaka project started in August and is expected to be complete in April. The work is now 35% complete, says the municipality.
Lehuma Bopape, 38, a resident said: “At least it is better now, we get half a loaf. For the few months of temporary employment we will put some food on the table for our families.”
Councillor Louis Mamabolo said: “Many people will realise the impact of these projects on their lives. It has been difficult to travel because of the dirt roads.
“With these improvements taking place, most people are impressed.”
Polokwane executive mayor Freddy Greaver visited the projects last week with municipal officials and some councillors. He expressed optimism that construction would be completed during this financial year.
The municipality said it had embarked on R31m in projects to upgrade roads.