Located on a prime intersection of major Western Cape access routes, Drakenstein historically boasts a well-maintained roads infrastructure network. This is in no small part thanks to Drakenstein Municipality’s vision to use road infrastructure as a key to unlock and facilitate economic investment, albeit through business, tourism, or residential developments. Drakenstein’s rapid expansion – owing to exciting new business investments – makes it more important than ever to keep our roads in tip-top shape. Not only is this beneficial for business and new developments, but it is also safer for our residents and it makes driving in Drakenstein a sheer pleasure. Road upgrades and maintenance unfortunately sometimes mean traffic delays and dusty roadworks, but they are worth the wait.

Engineering. With nearly 18 years’ experience in his field, he gives Vars readers an inside look at major roads network capital projects recently completed or currently underway in Drakenstein. In 2022, a total of R5 million was invested in the resealing of streets across Drakenstein, such as Pentz Street (Wellington); Pinzi, Silimela, and Zingisani Streets (Mbekweni); and Driebergen Street and Orleans Avenue (Paarl). “Another high-priority project is the construction, upgrading, and maintenance of provincial roads within our urban edge,” says Harry. As a rule, this is done in collaboration with the Western Cape Department of Transport and Public Works, and a combined budget is determined for these projects – with the Provincial Department providing 80% of the funding and the Municipality 20%.

Harry Liedeman is the Municipality’s Manager: Roads, Stormwater, and Traffic

Keeping Our Roads in Tip-Top Shape: It’s Worth the Wait and the Dust!


VARS | February

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