Thabiso Goba
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5 Jul 2022
07:22

eThekwini joins transport department to keep roads clean

Thabiso Goba

Councillors praised the move, saying the matter of jurisdiction regarding the maintenance of roads has been a conundrum for a long time.

The eThekwini City Hall.

The eThekwini Municipality wants to sign a memorandum of understanding with the Department of Transport that would allow it to clean and maintain national and provincial roads within the city.

The City council voted unanimously in favour of a motion for eThekwini to go into partnership with the department

The partnership, according to a report presented to council, would entail co-ordinating and synergising strategies regarding the upkeep and cleanliness of provincial and national roads within eThekwini’s borders.

Mention [has been] made that the department is at times unsuccessful in terms of maintaining roads that fell within its jurisdiction, thus resulting in the municipality taking over the responsibility

“It is noted that this matter is now addressed in terms of the Intergovernmental Relations Framework Act that promotes and facilitates intergovernmental relations … and enhances accountability.”

Councillors praised the move, saying the matter of jurisdiction regarding the maintenance of roads has been a conundrum for a long time.

DA councillor Calee Laing said many provincial and national roads in the city have overgrown verges, no barriers and non-functional streetlights, adding that these roads have become a safety hazard for motorists.

Laing said the DA supports the motion as it would free the municipality’s hands from jurisdiction matters that have prevented it from cleaning roads within its borders.

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“We request that this is implemented with priority. We do request updates from this council on when the MOU is signed when we can expect these safety hazards to finally be rectified and addressed,” added Laing.

Rahul Maharaj, Minority Front councillor, said residents in eThekwini should not have to be told that the City cannot fix a road because it does not have the jurisdiction to do so.

Maharaj said the MOU should also demand that the provincial and national departments play their part in the maintenance and upkeep of its roads.

Sbusiso Lushaba, ANC Ward 26 councillor, said Durban has a lot of provincial and national roads by virtue of being one of the country’s economic hubs.

The motion was passed with all councillors voting in favour. The next step for the municipality is to draw up the terms of reference with clear roles, responsibilities, deliverables, timelines and financial implications for both eThekwini and the department.