Farmers can now fix roads and bill state

Farmers who fix their own damaged dirt roads can, in terms of a specific court order, now send the bill to the government.

Yesterday the Grahamstown High Court ordered the Eastern Cape roads and public works department to immediately begin implementing plans to repair and maintain its extensive and largely dysfunctional rural road network.

Significantly, the judgment sets out the conditions under which farmers can themselves arrange to have damaged gravel roads repaired and then bill the government for the work done.

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