The K60 (Witkoppen Rd) between Main Rd and Maxwell Drive is a Provincial road which has become a traffic nightmare. The unmaintained verges are a danger. We urgently need to get this upgrade project moving again. To that end, please read, download and get all residents to sign the petition. The link to it is below. When signed, please email it to Councillor Candice James at the address on the form.
A number of years ago the Gauteng Province created plans to upgrade and re-route this road through the “Clay Oven” site and behind the suburb of Paulshof to join up with van der Bijl Ave through Sunninghill, thence across Maxwell Drive near Eskom’s head office and onward through Waterfall. It would complete a single major arterial route from Honeydew through to Midrand and beyond.
Thus, this new upgraded road, complete with a new intersection on Main Rd, was to replace the existing Witkoppen Rd with its narrow and crumbling sections and dangerous low-level bridges to become the main thoroughfare for traffic eastwards from Fourways.
Plans were fully in place for the Province to commence construction on this project in 2019. However it would appear that the budget for this road suddenly “evaporated” at the last minute and the project has been left abandoned.
To improve our area and its access, our Johannesburg ward councillor, Candice James (Ward 93), is seeking to get this project put back into the budget and under way. To assist her in this, she needs a strong public petition. To that end, a petition has been prepared and is available to download here. We urge all residents of Magaliessig and surrounding areas (and especially those who use Witkoppen Rd) to sign and return this petition urgently. With your help we and Candice can hopefully get this project started again.
As part of the project, it will be necessary to relocate the informal settlers dwelling on the land alongside Witkoppen Rd between the Clay Oven site and the river below the Porsche dealership because this area will become a project construction camp and ultimately form part of the route for the new road. We believe that the relocation of these people will not only help reduce the crime and grime in the area adjacent to our suburb but will also result in an improvement in conditions for the relocated residents.
We cannot guarantee that this will completely elliminate “smash and grabs” on Main Rd and Witkoppen Rd or all the other crimes, but it will be a very good start.