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Costs to repair damage caused by recent floods in Lowveld will be disclosed soon

The estimated cost of floods damages will be presented to the provincial Executive Council, for approval soon.

The flood damage assessment has been completed, but it still needs to be presented to the Provincial Executive Council (Exco) for approval.
Lindiwe Msibi, a spokesperson for the Department of Co-operative Governance and Traditional Affairs, said the document has been finalised and is being submitted to the Exco for approval.

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“As soon as funding is available, major infrastructure improvements will be made. Minor ones are already under way,” she said.
Msibi did not disclose the estimated cost of the damages, because she is still awaiting the department’s responsible officials to present it. She also stated that she has been informed that the Exco will meet soon to discuss it and finalise the budget for approval, but she does not have the date of the meeting yet.

 

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She did not respond to Lowvelder’s questions about whether the delays in the report would also delay the rebuilding of the damaged roads, especially the ones that are closed.
The section of the R40 next to the Klipkopjes Dam still operates on a stop-and-go basis.

The route between Sabie and Hazyview and the R40 between Barberton and the Josefsdal Border Post are closed until further notice.
Meanwhile, some of the potholes in the busy roads that were damaged have since been repaired.

 
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