Minister of Transport Sbu Ndebele has praised the work done to improve South Africaâ€™s roads network.
â€œItâ€™s excellent development. Our roads have become too good that some people think they are made for speeding,â€ Ndebele said yesterday.
He was speaking during a tour of Johannesburg freeways and the Aviation Training Academy in Kempton Park.
â€œSceptics must come and see our infrastructure. Our roads compare with the best in the world,â€ he said.
Ndebele said with such infrastructure, the economy and democracy, South Africa should no longer be called a developing country but a developed one.
He said improved roads had made the distance between different places and provinces shorter.
South African National Roads Agency chief executive Nazir Alli said: â€œWe are happy with the progress. There is definitely light at the end of the tunnel.â€
Alli criticised motorists who hurled insults and threw objects at construction workers.
â€œWe must get motorists to behave responsibly. People know there is construction going on and must leave home at least 10 minutes earlier ,â€ he said.
AUTHOR: Mfundekelwa Mkhulisi and Mcebisi Gxulu
DATED: 7th October 2009