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Minister Ramsden in Parliament July 2011
07/07/11
Minister Ramsden Respond to Parliamentary Questions. 

PARLIAMENTARY QUESTION NO. 898

TO BE ASKED ON: 5th July 2011

BY: Mr M. M. Goya, MP. (Palapye)

QUESTION

To ask the Minister of Transport and Communications:-

If he will consider removing the ‘Palapye Directional signs” from their current positions on the A1 Highway, given that the village boundaries have now gone beyond where the signs are currently placed.

ANSWER

Madam Speaker,

I welcome the Honourable Members' advice; particularly that he is the area Member of Parliament and is well informed on developments in that area. My Ministry will take his recommendations very seriously and act immediately to relocate misplaced directional signs in Palapye and other parts of the country.  

I thank You Madam Speaker.

PARLIAMENTARY QUESTION 888

To be asked on:  Tuesday 5th July 2011

By:                 Mr. M.C. TIBONE, M.P (TATI WEST)

Question:  To ask the Minister of Transport and Communications to state:-

(i)     The total cost ( including cost overruns) of access roads that are being constructed  as part of the  Francistown – Ramokgwebane road project; and

(ii)     How this compares with what was projected to be the cost of the Tshesebe – Masunga Road Project in 2009.

Answer:

 Madam Speaker,

i)           Eight access roads as part of Francistown – Ramokgwebana road project were awarded at the cost of P202, 414,844.60. One of the access roads projects has been terminated due to non-performance of the Contractor. 

ii)         The additional amount needed to complete the remaining on-going access road projects is about P20, 000,000.00.  The total cost for all access roads on the Francistown-Ramokgwebana Road project is P222, 414,844.60.

ii) Compared to the Francistown-Ramokgwebana Road project the estimated cost of the Tshesebe – Masunga road, including  five access roads, as at  July 2008 was P270, 352,683.60. Taking into account annual inflationary adjustments this cost in 2009 would have increased by 10% to P297, 387,952.00.

 Thank you Madam Speaker.

PARLIAMENTARY QUESTION NO. 897

TO BE ASKED ON: 5th July 2011

BY: Mr M. C. Tibone, MP. (Tati West)

To ask the Minister of Transport and Communications if he will confirm that the Sebina – Ramokgwebana Road has long passed its design life and that since the road shoulders have now collapsed beyond repair, the entire section of the road is no longer a safe access way for the public transport to use.

Answer

Madam Speaker,

Sebina-Ramokgwebana Road was constructed in 1988/89 and it has passed its design life. It is for this reason that Roads Department initiated its design for reconstruction in 2008. 

The design was completed during 2010 but construction of the road has been shelved due to lack of funds.

Thank you Madam Speaker.

 

Minister Ramsden in Parliament July 2011

PARLIAMENTARY QUESTION NO. 923

TO BE ASKED ON: Thursday 7th July 2011

BY: Mr M. C. Tibone, MP. (Tati West)

QUESTION

To ask the Minister of Transport and Communication:-

To state the average number of vehicles per day on the Sebina-Ramokgwebana road particularly over Shashe River bridge at Sebina and at the railway level crossing in Ramokgwebana for the years 2004 to 2010.

ANSWER

Madam Speaker,

Based on my Ministry’s manual traffic count data the average daily traffic data at Sebina Turn off to Sebina village which passes through Shashe River Bridge is as follows:

Year

Average daily traffic

2004

1074

2005

717

2006

949

2007

1371

2008

948

My Ministry does not have the traffic data for the years 2009 and 2010 as the manual method of collecting data had been put on hold in anticipation of placing automatic traffic counts. 

Madam Speaker, the average daily traffic data at Ramokgwebana to Moroka road which passes through the railway crossing is as follows:

Year

Average daily traffic

2004

213

2005

216

2006

226

2007

273

2008

266

My Ministry does not have traffic data for the years 2009 and 2010 as the manual method of collecting data had been put on hold in anticipation of placing automatic traffic counts. The project has not started due to the current recession.  However, we have resorted to the manual counts.

Thank You Madam Speaker.

Minister Ramsden in Parliament July 2011

PARLIAMENTARY QUESTION NO. 894

TO BE ASKED ON: 5th July 2011

BY: Mr M. C. Tibone, MP. (Tati West)

QUESTION

To ask the Minister of Transport and Communications to state:-

  1. the number of motor vehicle accidents that have occurred on Sebina-Ramokgwebana Road since 2004;
  2. of these, how many were fatal;
  3. if he does not agree that the situation is aggravated by the narrowness of the road; and
  4. if it is not possible to upgrade the road and make it wider, would he at least consider a gravel lane parallel to the existing tarred strip in the meantime.

ANSWER

Madam Speaker,

i.            My Ministry has recorded 388 accidents between 2004 and May 2011 on Sebina-Ramokgwebana Road. Out of these, 17 were fatal while 59 resulted in serious injuries. 

ii.          We do not rule out the possibility that the current status of the road might be a contributing factor to the number of road accidents along Sebina – Ramokgwebana road.

iii.           A decision has been taken to widen the road and re-construct some damaged sections between Sebina and Ramokgwebana villages.  Tender documents are being finalised.  It is expected that they shall be floated in August 2011 with works anticipated to resume during the second week of September 2011.

iv.           Madam speaker, it is not safe to construct a gravel road parallel to an existing tarred road because there will be conflict of traffic.

Thank You Madam Speaker.

PARLIAMENTARY QUESTION 913

For oral answer on:  Wednesday 6th July 2011

By:                 Mr M.C. TIBONE, M.P (TATI WEST)

Question: To ask the Minister of Transport and Communications to state:-

(i)     the average number of vehicles per day that used the Ramokgwebana – Kgari road for the years 2004 to 2009; and 

(ii)    of these vehicles, how many were destined for Kgari village and how many were transit traffic, and how many were destined for Masunga the District Capital.

Answer:

Madam Speaker,

i)  My Ministry carries out traffic counts on major roads and this does not normally include access roads. But as a pre-requisite for construction a traffic survey was carried out during the pre-construction phase of the Kgari access road in November 2005. It was discovered that the average number of vehicles per day on this access road was 234. The projected annual growth rate was 5% which gave projected traffic in 2009 at 284 vehicles per day.

ii) My Ministry has not carried out origin and Destination surveys on the Ramokgwebana – Kgari access road and surrounding road links. As such my Ministry is not in a position to conclusively determine the final destination for the traffic on the Ramokgwebana – Kgari access road. However, a traffic study carried out for the design of Tshesebe – Masunga road during 2007 projected the number of vehicles in 2009 on Mosojane – Masukwane section at 138. It was estimated that 80% of the traffic was coming from the Kgari section, which indicates that out of a total of 284 vehicles on the Kgari access road (as projected in the pre-construction phase of the Kgari access road in November 2005), 174 vehicles are destined to Kgari village and 110 are transit traffic destined to either Masukwane, Mosojane, Mulambakwena, Masunga or further.

Thank you Madam Speaker.

 
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