MAKGABETLWANE-JERICHO ROAD

The communities of both Makgabetlwane and Jericho cannot wait for the completion of the main thoroughfare linking up the two villages.

A fairly long stretch of the road has already being tarred, with a shorter distance of the remains of the dirt road towards Makgabetlwane still to be paved, for reasons apparently related to phased budgetary allocations for various financial year-on-year periods.

The budget allocation for the financial year 2015-2016 was R9,4-million.

An additional budget allocation of R6,5-million has been set aside for the 2016-2017 financial year.

The road linking up Jericho and Makgabetlwane has been a source of frustration for both public transport passengers and private motorists during rainy seasons over the years.

The road surface conditions become muddy and slippery from rainy weather, often cutting off the two villages for days on end.

During rainy weather, motorists from both villages have to drive all the way eastwards towards Makapanstad, and then turn right into Mabopane in Gauteng and detour into Hebron, through Kgabalatsane, Rabokala and then into Letlhabile to reach their destination.

Worst affected are often subsistence crop and stock farmers who frequent the stretch of road to transport supplies such as animal feed between the two villages.

The village of Jericho is also home to the Bakwena ba Mogopa chieftainship, whereby residents from Makgabetlwane often seek administrative assistance from the tribal authorities.

There is also the negative impact on schoolchildren who, for one reason or the other, prefer to attend their classes in a neighboring village.

This also goes for scores of workers who access Brits town from Makgabetlwane through Jericho.

The effect of rainy weather conditions on outsiders arriving over weekends for funerals and weddings cannot be underestimated, either.

Meantime, a total budget R20-million has been set aside for the upgrading of the Fafung-Rasai road, villages further north of Jericho.

The sum of R10-million has been set aside for the 2015/2016 financial year, while the remaining half has been budgeted for the financial year 2016-2017.

These villages, together with Makgabetlwane and Jericho, would benefit greatly on a tarred road network, with specific reference to the main thoroughfares, which drive economic activity in the region.