Operation Khawuleza is in full swing, changing Newcastle’s road for the better

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Operation Khawuleza is in full swing, with Newcastle Municipality doing its utmost best to address infrastructure challenges faced by the Newcastle community.

The operation began a few months back, when Newcastle Municipality received yellow plant equipment from the KwaZulu-Natal Department of Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs, in line with government’s program of Operation Khawuleza.

The equipment was set to assist in responding to the immediate infrastructure challenges and needs of the community of Newcastle.

Since then, the municipality has reinvigorated its efforts of fast-tracking service delivery, particularly the process of resurfacing roads and getting rid of potholes.

According to a statement issued by the municipality’s communications unit, municipal technical teams have been working day and night, to ensure potholes become a problem of the past and old roads are reconstructed.

“The department responsible for roads and stormwater has been working around the clock, to ensure that residents have smooth roads. Despite the inclement weather conditions, the devoted municipal teams have been undeterred,” the statement reads.

Mayor Cllr. Dr Ntuthuko Mahlaba applauds the efforts of the teams and urges the community to be patient, as the process of resurfacing roads is yet to come to other parts of the municipality.

“We understand that the issue of potholes has been a thorny issue, but we want to leave no stone unturned when it comes to addressing the problem. The Newcastle Municipality is a people-orientated municipality, and when our residents raise concerns, we want to be at the forefront in addressing these concerns. We are proud of the dedicated municipal staff in blue, who have gone beyond the call of duty to ensure that we have proper roads. The collective leadership of the municipality will tackle one issue at a time until we resolve all of them. It can’t be done overnight, but it’s not impossible,” remarked Cllr Mahlaba.

The municipality is proud to announce that the following roads have been resealed:

  • The Intersection of Murchison and Hardwick.
  • Slipway from Hardwick to Murchison
  • Umfolozi road (near Amcor Dam)
  • Madadeni (MAD5, MAD8)
  • Ward 28 (behind Madadeni TVET College)

The communications unit claims the municipality has identified a number of roads riddled with potholes, which will be resealed in the coming weeks.

As Operation Khawuleza continues, the Newcastle Municipality encourages residents to allow the municipal technical teams to conduct their duties and adhere to road closures.

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3 thoughts on “Operation Khawuleza is in full swing, changing Newcastle’s road for the better

  • 19th Mar 2020 at 6:47 pm

    upper Henrietta Street Lennoxton needs urgent repairs ! Craters on section of road !

  • 20th Mar 2020 at 7:48 am

    As Newcastle residents we appreciate the idea and the work done so far, we can see the difference in our roads now and please keep it up!

  • 20th Mar 2020 at 9:58 am

    I wish to applaud the strides of the municipality under the focused leadership of Dr. Mahlaba. However, it must be noted that places like Lister Farm seem to be a grey area. Access roads to homes have totally delapidated since 2016. Especially the one from P1 through Esontweni Lomlungu, down towards the small bridge. If it’s raining, omalume can’t pick our kids. We can’t get out of the houses with our vehicles. One wonders if we still have the ward councilor. We shall appreciate the positive response towards this.
    Tshabalala M.E


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