It appears that various provincial roads in the region are being repaired by the Department of Public Works, Roads and Transport (DPWRT). This is great news especially for tourism in the region but also for locals who travel on these roads regularly.
We reported recently on the negative impact of the poor state of the roads on the number of visitors to our area. Oupa Pilane, then President of the Kruger Lowveld Chamber of Business and Tourism, made a public plea to the Mpumalanga provincial government to start fixing the roads in the interests of tourism and job creation.
It appears as though this plea, and the media coverage, is having some positive results. Repairs are currently under way on the R540 between Dullstroom and Lydenburg as well as on the R536 between Sabie and Hazyview. By all accounts the repairs will also be done to the R535 between Graskop and Hazyview as well as the R532 from Graskop to Bourke’s Luck Potholes.
“We are very pleased with these developments,” said Lisa Sheard, Manager of KLT. “Particularly as these repairs were not part of the original DPWRT planning and budget.”