Parliament, Saturday, 6 January 2021 – The Chairperson of the Portfolio Committee on Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs, Ms Faith Muthambi, has noted with deep frustration the heavy floods that left North West’s N18 Road between Vryburg and Taung, and other roads in the North West Province unsafe to motorists recently.
After the floods that damaged the N18 Road, the North West Provincial Government warned motorists to avoid traveling on the N18 Road between Vryburg and Taung because of flooding. According to media reports, also the road along Tygerkloof and Brussels area on the N18 are completely flooded and cannot be used.Ms Muthambi said: “It is regrettable that this disastrous flooding has happened in the North West at a time when the country is beginning to move from the tight grip of the siege of the Covid-19 pandemic towards full-scale economic activity. The closure of the N18 Road between North West industrial areas and the entire country, has catastrophic consequences to the provincial economy and other aspects of life.”
“We urge the provincial government and its stakeholders to ensure that there are safe alternative roads that keep linkage and access between North West communities and between North West and the rest of the country open. Furthermore, the committee calls on the provincial government to accelerate the implementation of its strategies and plans to reconstruct all the destroyed roads,” added Ms Muthambi.
“We extend our heartfelt condolences to the families and relatives of those who passed on as a result of the floods. May their souls rest in peace,” said Ms Muthambi.
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