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Additional R91m Needed to Repair Drivers’ Licensing Testing Centre in Gauteng



The abandoned and incomplete Sebokeng Drivers’ Licensing Testing Centre (DLTC) in Gauteng requires an additional R91,427,522.67 to repair after being neglected and vandalised.

The project commenced in September 2015 with an initial budget of R63,565,425.69, but the total expenditure escalated to R78,654,030.38.

This information was revealed by Lebogang Maile, the Gauteng MEC for Human Settlement and Infrastructure Development, in a written response to the DA’s queries tabled in the Gauteng Provincial Legislature.

Maile said the project was handed over to the department in June 2021. However, the MEC did not provide a completion date for the project.

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Kingsol Chabalala, a member of the Provincial Legislature representing the DA, expressed disappointment at the poor project management displayed by the Gauteng Department of Roads and Transport and the Department of Infrastructure Development over the past eight years. This mismanagement has resulted in the project exceeding its budget.

“It is a waste of taxpayers’ money as the incomplete project was abandoned and left to be vandalised, while residents must travel long distances or walk to access DLTC services,” said Chabalala.

The Sebokeng DLTC is one of several failed government projects in Gauteng, indicating a lack of political will to improve residents’ lives by delivering quality services.

The DA demands that Maile fast-track the completion of the Sebokeng DLTC to ensure that Emfuleni residents have access to this facility.

“We will also continue to exert pressure on the MEC to provide us with the timelines to ensure this project is completed within the stipulated additional budget.”


Source: R91m more needed to fix licensing centre in southern Gauteng

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