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Metro gets its own graders

Two brand new graders were purchased by Buffalo City Metro to maintain its priory in delivering proper services to the community it serves.The graders were handed over to the Mdantsane Roads Department on Thursday 18 February to help make the job easier and faster.In the past the Metro only hired the machines from service providers and that was costing the institution dearly.

During the IDP roadshows last year the upgrading of suburbia roads and the maintenance of rural roads were amongst the top issues the community were complaining about.

The machines will help with the construction of roads, attend to emergency request from ward councillors, maintain rural roads and also attend to roads after heavy rains.Speaking at the event Executive Mayor Alfred Mtsi said, “The purpose of purchasing these graders is to maintain, and where necessary to re-gravel our roads in both midlands and coastal areas. Most of the current plants are old and often brake down and are expensive to fix at times, however we believe maintenance is a big challenge but we are trying.”

“Two graders are not enough, but it is a positive start to plan for more. Investment in infrastructure remains a priority, it is the foundation for the economic growth of our Metro,” adds Mtsi.

Speaking about the background of the project Acting Head of Department (HOD) at Roads Luyanda Mbula said, “Today we are here to introduce and welcome our new addition to our fleet. For the last three or four years we have noticed that the City has been spending a lot of money on hiring of the plant to assist municipality.”

“If you look at our Metro in the last two or three years, it has expanded in terms of addition of villages from Great Kei and Ngqushwa and other surrounding villages. These two graders are going to assist us in terms of maintenance, rehabilitation and the upgrade of our road network.”

“We have about 1200 kilometers gravel road network and that is the gravel network which we have to cover,” adds Mbula.

Operators will be trained to do preventative maintenance operations such as weekly greasing, daily check list to prolong the life span of the equipment’s.

Expressing his gratitude BCMM worker and grader driver, Bulelekile Tolbaard said, “I have been working here for five years now and what I love the most about our Metro is that service delivery is a priority. I feel honored that I will too help in making that happen.”

Xolisa Bhedesi who is one of r operator said, “I feel very happy about these new graders they are going to help us so much in doing our job. What excites me more is the new training I am going to get as I am not yet a fully qualified grader driver yet, but soon as I pass I will drive too.”

In culminating the handover Councilor Landile Vika said, “Driving this grader alone is a skill that has its own skill of operation that one should have, meaning you have to be trained to drive it. It is going to create jobs as there will be people needed to drive them.”

13:11 03 Mar 2016

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