Loss of life and infrastructure destruction by flooding, has hit our province hard during the past weeks. Millions of rands in damages were caused to the province’s road infrastructure.
I will write a letter to the Chairperson of Roads Public Works portfolio committee and request an urgent meeting for the department officials to brief the committee about the short and long term plan to normalize the situation.
Our economy in the Eastern Cape could be seriously damaged and jobs could be lost as a result of these infrastructure collapses. Road infrastructure is like the veins in our bodies and therefore we need to take good care of it.
The DA would like to express its condolences to all families and friends who have lost their loved ones during the recent devastating floods. The DA would also like to thank all NGO’s, public representatives, department officials and all other individuals who played a role in assisting our affected citizens.
I hope that politicians will react swiftly like the citizens of our province who assisted each other; so that we are not faced with a situation such as in the past where there were floods a few years ago and we are still to this day waiting for a budget to repair the infrastructure damage that occurred to our roads.
We need leadership now.
Pine Pienaar, MPL