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Last Wednesday, Mayor Herman Mashaba, attended Johannesburg Roads Agency’s (JRA) launch of a new asphalt plant which will improve the JRA’s ability to respond to pothole repairs and the surfacing of roads within the city.

The plant, first built in 1965, for the purpose of supplying asphalt for our internal roads maintenance program, experienced chronic breakdowns.

The newly built plant boasts increased capacity, producing a hot mix asphalt from an average 80 tons per hour to 200 tons per hour.

The plant can also produce cold, warm and hot mixes of asphalt; which increases the ability of the JRA maintenance teams to respond quicker to asphalt service defects.  It also has a dual burner that can use burner fuel and natural gas, increasing the use of green energy. 

In order to improve the state of our roads within the City, we have allocated R1.2 billion to the capital budget. 

Within this budget is an allocation of R250 million for road rehabilitation and reconstruction. In addition to this, the entity has also budgeted R181 million for the rehabilitation of bridges in 2018/19, up from R49 million in 2017/18. Investment in storm water upgrades also increases to R226 million in the 2018/19 financial year, up from R169 million in 2017/18. 

These targeted expenditure plans would go a long way in eradicating gravel roads.

Speaking about the investment from the City, MMC for Transport, Cllr Nonhlanhla Makhuba said: “This investment has not only allowed us to respond to unemployment by increasing the team numbers at the depot but also, with this upgrade, we hope to continue and improve on all our service delivery activities requiring asphalt.”

Acting Managing Director for the JRA, Goodwill Mbatha explained that the new asphalt plant will produce asphalt quicker and in a safer manner.  “This will speed up service delivery and most importantly, its use of Nomex filters in the baghouse will rectify and eliminate environmental pollution that was persistent with the old asphalt plant.”

Mayor Mashaba said the construction of the new facility was indicative of the change this administration was determined to bring.

A billion rands to keep the lights on for Jozi

Last week Monday, Mayor Herman Mashaba visited Sebenza Power Station to inspect the work being done to improve stable power delivery to residents.

The City of Johannesburg has invested a R1 billion to ensure that Sebenza Substation begins to provide much needed relief to residents. 

Sebenza Substation is a buffer bulwark supply facility currently being built to mitigate against power outages arising from electricity demand exceeding supply. 

This comes after various power outages in the north-eastern areas of Johannesburg which have left residents frustrated. However, with the second transformer having gone online, the substation’s capacity has almost doubled. This will stabilize the grid and reduce instability of electricity supply.

According to the Project Manager of the site, Tefo Khama, the installation of a third transformer will bring tremendous improvements to residents.

“This project is rooted in the Diphetogo strategy of addressing the enormous inherited infrastructure backlogs that plague communities with service delivery disruptions. The prioritization of this work in the 2018/19 budget will begin to achieve the long-term turnaround of the City and the change demanded by its residents,” said Mayor Mashaba who was hosting the media on a walk-about of the site.

Speaking on the project’s significance, he said it is intrinsically linked to the broader project of change in the City, demonstrating not just the scale of the inherited challenges but also the impact the multi-party government is achieving to provide quality services to residents.