16 June 2019


New internal tarred roads for Ratlou villages

by: Lesego Metsi   date: 20 july 2018

Residents of Madibogopan and Tlhaping villages in Ratlou Local Municipality, will soon have much better and improved internal road infrastructure.  

Construction of the eight kilometer tarred road, with a price tage of more than R45 million, is set to begin this month following the official sod turning by Ratlou Local Municipality Mayor, Tebogo Modise.

Kgosi Motseothata Phoi expressed his community’s excitement during the sod-turning ceremony. Kgosi Phoi said their lives would be improved and their vehicles would last longer as he tarred roads would be less harsher on them. 

“We are greateful to our municipality for bringing us a project of this nature. It is indeed one of the solutions to the long inconvenience we’ve experienced, more especially during rainy seasons. We could not travel safely, the road would be muddy and [unusable], but now this will be a thing of the past,” said Kgosi Phoi.
Mayor Modise said she was delighted that the community was finally receiving the long awaited project. 

Speaking to the appointed constructor in the presence of the community, the Mayor said construction of this road was important for Madibogopan and Tlhaping villages it will connect both of them to the main road.

“I don’t want to see potholes on this road due to poor workmanship and material of lower quality. I appreciate the fact that the community will also benefit financially from the project by getting short-term employment opportunities,” said Modise.
The R45 million funding for this road project is provided for in the coming three financial years in terms of the municipality’s Intergraded Development Plan (IDP). 

The multi-year project is part of the upgrading of internal link roads projects, and is going to be implemented in phases with the first in the current financial year budgeted for R7 million as start-up funding. 

Amongst others, the scope for the three-layered road project will include double seal, a bridge, a storm water drainage system, road signs and edge beams (kerbs).