The poor state of rural roads and lack of transport came under the spotlight during a visit by Transport MEC Weziwe Tikana and Mnquma Executive Mayor Councilor Sithembiso Ncetezo to Centane recently.

Residents made it clear that the state of roads was top of their priorities when it comes to service delivery challenges and called for speedy interventions from their leaders in government.

Tikana visited the small town in the company of Mnquma Executive Mayor Councilor Sithembiso Ncetezo, who officially welcomed the delegation during the gathering held at the Centane Town Hall on March 20.

Resident Luxolo Sidondi appealed to MEC Tikana for her department to fast-track the construction of the road between Tafalofefe Hospital and Ibika Township in Butterworth. There have been reports of ambulances from the hospital being unable to access nearby villages due to the poor roads infrastructure, especially on rainy days. Ward 13 resident Nozonwabiso Mlenga from Ngqamakhwe asked the MEC to deploy more busses between her village and the Butterworth CBD.

She said pupils from local schools which include Dondashe High School in Nombanjane village near Mazeppa Bay often missed their classes due to lack of scholar transport. "It’s a very long distance to walk and the situation becomes worse on rainy days,” she said. MEC Tikana assured the community that a contractor was already appointed to provide maintenance on the Tafalofefe route and they would soon hit the ground running. She also promised to appointed a task-team comprising of engineers and technicians from her department and the community to find lasting solutions to the road infrastructure challenges. "My department will soon deliver a report back on progress made,” said Tikana. She also appealed to hawkers and business to clean up after themselves and not leave litter to municipal workers.