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technology available in order to continue doing the business of government. We had to adapt to virtual meetings in order to continue playing the oversight role on the performance of the Department. With technology it was easier to conduct meetings even outside of working hours, as some people were working from the comfort of their homes and were more flexible. It was imperative that we reconfigure our way of operating in order to best service both the internal and external stakeholders. 3. Transport and infrastructure development are key to the growth of

Indeed, the growth and development of this country is dependent on infrastructure development. To this end we have been able to make inroads in the development of our road infrastructure network, notwithstanding the national economic backfoot we find ourselves in as a result of COVID-19.

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the economy. What are the flagship projects of the Department? Indeed, the growth and development of this country is dependent on infrastructure development. To this end we have been able to make inroads in the development of our road infrastructure network, notwithstanding the national economic downturn we find ourselves in as a result of COVID- 19. When the lockdown conditions were eased, we were able to slowly go back on site and inspect road conditions on the ground. One of our main achievement was to sign a Memorandum of Agreement with several mines in the Sekhukhune district for the rehabilitation of the existing bridge and the construction of a new Steelpoort bridge on road D2219. This type of partnership between public and private institutions is critical, as they will enable government to carry out its mandate and ensure continuation of delivery of services to the people. The rehabilitation and construction of the bridges will be managed by the Roads Agency Limpopo, an entity of the Department of Public Works, Roads and Infrastructure. The Department is also managing construction works at the state-ofthe-art traffic college in Manenu, Vhembe District. This project is being implemented in phases, of which the first phase has been completed. There are several roads that

were completed and through these construction projects, jobs were created and community members received on the job skills training Seven kilometres on road D3556 from N11 at Gilead towards road D3564 in the Waterberg District was completed. Through this project 44 community members were employed and 38 of them benefitted from the Construction Education Training Authority (CETA) accredited on the job training. The Department assessed several roads in the province and swiftly ensured that contractors were appointed to start with major rehabilitation. The road networks that are due for major rehabilitation are • D3480, the road Joining Giyani and Phalaborwa in Greater Giyani Municipality • D3200 in Lebaka Mohlabaneng; Greater Giyani Municipality • D11 Kolobetona in Ga- Mamaila • D5140 Praktiseer in Sekhukhune District • D2537 Penge in Sekhukhune District • D1589 Kgobokanang to Ga-Makgato in Blouberg, Capricorn District As the implementing agent of government, we are also focusing on the construction of several school infrastructures in the province, these schools are: • Naledi ya Meso Primary school near Motetema in Sekhukhune • Leduma- Mahume Primary School that will be built at Maserumule Park in Makhuduthamakga , Sekhukhune District

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