The Eastern Cape MEC for Transport, Safety and Liaison, Weziwe Tikana, completes the term of the provincial 5th Administration with a bang as her department issued the long-awaited tender for the Willowvale to Dwesa Road which claimed the lives of 35 people when a state-subsidised bus plunged down a hill into the river valley.
At the time of the accident, the then MEC Thandiswa Marawu, who has since left the ANC after being dumped from the position, had given hope that the road would be started within weeks. Several years later nothing had been started, not even the tender process.
The department issued the tender notice for companies with experience and capacity to bid for the project.
The community of Willowvale has been abuzz on social media showing appreciation that finally a firm commitment has been made to upgrade the road to surfaced standard.
“This is a multi-million Rand project that had to go through proper processes before we invited public bids. I had made a commitment to the community that by beginning of May the tender notice would be out and I am happy that as a department we complete this 5th term having delivered on that promise”, said an excited Tikana.
“As we go through the bidding process which will take some weeks to be concluded, the road receives regular attention to ensure that it is drivable”, added Tikana.
Business people in the area have welcomed the news and expressed hope that local contractors and suppliers will benefit from the project.