13 September 2013 - Residents of Merafong, a town situated on the West Rand in Gauteng, recently celebrated Government’s efforts to improve living conditions in the area at the official opening of the newly-upgraded N14 Merafong (Ventersdorp) route.
The project’s completion will drastically reduce the travelling distance between the town and surrounding areas such as Randfontein, Krugersdorp, Carletonville and Ventersdorp. The upgrade project was commissioned after sinkholes that collapsed in close proximity to this road rendered the route inaccessible.
Aurecon was appointed in 2010 as the consultant for the dolomitic investigation and the design of the rehabilitation and upgrade of the road. The KPMM/Globul/Civilcon JV was appointed by the Gauteng Department of Roads and Transport as the main contractors on the project. The Gauteng Department of Roads and Transport also appointed SANRAL as the implementing agent on the contract.
Gauteng Premier, Nomvula Mokonyane, and the MEC for the Gauteng Department of Roads and Transport, Ismail Vadi, officially unveiled the rehabilitated road on 29 August 2013, handing it over to excited residents.
Ronnie Khoza, Head of RSA Offices, who attended the official opening on behalf of Aurecon, said: “Aurecon seeks to foster human achievement in all aspects of our work. It was a privilege to be involved in a project which will improve the lives of the local community through ensuring improved infrastructure and, through this, enhanced access to economic opportunities.”
In addition to improving infrastructure, the project also involved substantial job creation as well as skills development. “Local sub-contractors with the required level of skills were considered in the sourcing of sub-contractors. In addition, a number of these contractors received on-the-job-training where necessary, with many of them set to benefit when Government initiates additional projects in this area,” said Khoza.
Johannes Mampuru, one of the local sub-contractors employed on the project, added: “Apart from acquiring valuable skills, I am proud to have worked on a project that is going to make a huge difference in the lives of people in my area.”