Sedibeng Disjtrict Municipality
MEC Vadi opens a R259 million upgrade of R82 25 May 2016

Sedibeng r82
The ribbon cutting on the R82 road.

  Gauteng MEC for Roads and Transport, Dr Ismail Vadi officially opened Phase 2 of the newly-constructed R82 (Old Vereeniging Road) from Eikenhof to Walkerville on Wednesday, May 2016 in Vereeniging, Johannesburg. The six kilometers dual carriageways, constructed at a total cost of R259 million, will significantly improve mobility from the Sedibeng District Municipality to Johannesburg, Ekurhuleni and the West Rand. “The road will enhance road safety on a high traffic volume road, which previously was extremely narrow, severely degraded and dangerous.

The R82 is one of three strategic routes that connect Johannesburg to the industrial hubs of Meyerton, Vereeniging and Vanderbijlpark,” Vadi said. In his welcome note, Midvaal Local Municipality Executive Mayor, Mr Bongani Baloyi appreciated the progress made and commended the department on the successful completion of the road.“Black economic enterprise contractors benefitted from substantial portion of the work. A total of 270 workers, particularly youth, were employed and over 15 SMMEs were sub-contracting during the construction phase. MEC further announced that Phase 3 of the R82 construction project, commencing from Walkerville to De Deur Post Office will be launched in this financial year. 
The department is currently in the process of advertising for consulting engineering services for the project and the commencement date for the tender process for construction is August 2016.

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