Kouga Municipality and the AfriForum branch in Jeffreys Bay have joined hands to ease traffic congestion along one of the town’s busiest roads.
Two T-junctions were widened and a feeding lane was added to improve the traffic flow along St Francis Road to the benefit of residents and visitors.
“The two junctions are those that connect Koraal Street and Disa Avenue to St Francis Road,” Kouga Speaker and ward councillor Hattingh Bornman said.
“The number of visitors to Jeffreys Bay far exceeds the number of residents during peak holiday seasons. This places the infrastructure under enormous pressure, which brings about all types of frustrations and negatively affects the tourism industry.”
Dries du Preez, a member of the Jeffreys Bay branch management and an engineer and developer by trade, was in charge of the project from AfriForum’s side.
“It’s taken more than a year’s labour, sweat and planning. The hard work was definitely worth it in the end. We are extremely proud of the project.”
He said the original plan had been to replace the four-way stop at the fuel station in St Francis Road with a traffic circle, but the current layout of the fuel station’s access routes made this impossible.
“We hope to tackle this problem in the future as well.”
Borman expressed his gratitude for the initiative on behalf of the Kouga Council.
“We value the relationship we have with AfriForum’s Jeffreys Bay branch. All interaction takes place in a very positive manner and we are relieved that the project could be completed, despite many challenges,” he said.
AfriForum’s Jeffreys Bay branch and Kouga shared the costs of the project, which amounted to approximately R340 000, with the municipality’s contribution coming from the Ward Development Fund.
Danie Fouche, chairperson of the local AfriForum branch, thanked the municipality for their positive attitude.
“We are looking forward to expanding our cooperation in the future to the benefit of the entire community,” he said.