E Cape road project finally off the ground

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The construction of the N2 Wild Coast toll road in the Eastern Cape is finally under way, 15 years after it was first proposed.

It is estimated that the project will create 8 000 jobs and expand tourism-related opportunities in the province, especially in eastern Pondoland.

Roads agency, Sanral, government departments and other stakeholders have worked on ways which will economically benefit emerging construction companies in the eastern and western Pondoland areas.

Sanral project manager Craig McLachlan says, “Almost all of the projects that will be going out for tender. There will be a requirement for a minimum of 30% of the money spent to go to the SMMEs, with the majority of it to the local SMMEs. We anticipate a substantial spin to the local municipalities, like Ingquza Hill, Port St Johns and Mbizana,” says McLachlan.