The Enoch Mgijima Resident Town in the Eastern Cape just recently made headings after it granted tenders to repair a 6.7 km roadway at an expense of R95 million.

While these expenses appear high– the opposition Democratic Alliance stated the nationwide standard is more detailed to R7 million per kilometre– South Africans might not understand simply how costly repairing roadways can be.

” It seems like a great deal of cash however usually a roadway will include in between 3 and 6 layers, with the expense per square metre most likely being around R200– R300 for a really low-cost roadway,” Andrew Laatz, a roadway engineer at HHO Consulting Engineers informed radio station 702.

This can increase to as much as R2,000– R3,000 per square metre on greater basic roadways which have more layers and are more robust, he stated.

” R1 million per kilometre would be a relatively easy repair work– including it’s an entire brand-new emerging layer with a repair work expense to fix that layer. That would be rather inexpensive. For an affordable upgrade to a gravel roadway you might invest as much as R4 million– R5 million per kilometre.”

This is simply the easy product expense of updating the roadway, and it does not represent labour expenses, evaluations, styles, tenders and other costs which can be substantial extra expenses.

He included that it’s rather imaginable that a 6.7 km roadway might cost near R95 million.

” That seems like relatively middle to upmarket cost– it’s not simply a repair work however a good upgrade, so it’s certainly not out of the ballpark. You can invest in particular regional conditions over a R1 billion for 20 kilometres.”


Transport minister Fikile Mbalula has actually formerly suggested that the financing needed to sustain the South African roadway network through pit repair work is approximated at R700 to R1,500/ per square meter.

Nevertheless, Mbalula stated that totally eliminating holes in the nation would be a nearly difficult job. “It is challenging to remove holes on the roadway network as the introduction of brand-new holes depends completely on the level and nature of rains because month or year,” he stated in a parliamentary Q&A in April.

” It is essential to keep in mind that the roadway upkeep financing assigned from the nationwide fiscus is not enough to preserve the roadway network in the 3 spheres of federal government as there are contending requirements to all sectors.”

Mbalula stated that the majority of the nation’s provincial roadway network has actually reached its style life of 25 years and were never ever created for the existing increased traffic volumes and traffic setup.

” With that stated, my department makes sure that roadways are correctly preserved through the Provincial Road Maintenance Grant (PRMG).

” The PRMG is ringfenced for the upkeep of the Provincial Strategic Road Network consisting of rehab, fortifying of paved roadways, re-gravelling, gravel roadway blading and blacktop patching.”

Mbalula stated that the PRMG reserves simply over R12 billion per year to all provinces.