1 November 2011 More than 13 000 jobs have been created through the government’s road maintenance programme, the national transport department said on Monday. The most jobs created – of an overall target of 68 000 – were in KwaZulu-Natal with 4 562, followed by 3 845 in Mpumalanga. Free State came in last with 79 jobs created. Therefore, a sizeable amount of the budget had been allocated to repairs on a district-by-district basis. The department said 510 988 square metres of road surface had been resealed and 321km were re-gravelled under the programme. Blacktop patching and blading of potholes had also been done on some roads. The programme, launched in April this year, focuses on the maintenance of the secondary road network, using a dedicated fund of R22.3-billion, spread out until 2014. The department said a recent study had shown that potholes were costing motorists R50-billion in vehicle repairs and injuries every year. Sapa Maintaining and upgrading often-used rural roads formed part of the programme, the department said.
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