On Friday 8 October, the South African National Roads Agency SOC Limited (SANRAL) awarded the contract for the construction of the new N2 Breidbach & Belstone interchanges. The road construction project is located in King William’s Town within the Buffalo City Metropolitan Municipality (BCMM).

Welcoming guests at the event, Portfolio Head for Spatial Planning and Development Phumla Nazo said: "We have lost many lives on this intersection. It is very important to open this project on this Month of OR Tambo and the month of Transport month. We must remember OR Tambo this month because he fought for the betterment of our lives." 

She added that the handover is set to open the Transport Month and also OR Tambo Month. 

The month of October is nationally known as Transport month. During this month, the Department of Transport and its entities will showcase transport infrastructure services in aviation; maritime; public transport and roads. This month is also used to further advance the country’s road safety initiatives, while also creating awareness of the economic benefits of the sector.

Giving the keynote address, Premier Oscar Mabuyane said: "As you see our province is a construction site as we try very hard to ensure we turn the province around and make sure that our roads are safe for our people to use." 

He added that this road has been around for a long time and something needs to be done. "We are currently fixing the challenges of the past and making sure that people will utilize this interchange safely."

" 80% of our plans as the Province are based on creating jobs and changing the lives of our people and once this project is done, the people of the City will be proud of these roadworks happening in the City. The aim is to grow previously disadvantaged people's businesses through such projects. These projects, which focus on SMME's must start now, so that people start getting their salaries soon. These projects must take off at this stage," said Mabuyane.

The project is set to take at least 2 and a half years and the budget is R438 million.