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Johannesburg - The renaming of roads in the country will “contribute immensely” to promoting better economic activity.
That’s the view of President Jacob Zuma, after he renamed the R24 in Joburg the Albertina Sisulu Highway on Sunday.
“Roads are the arteries of development. Each time we open a road, we know it will contribute immensely to promoting better economic activity,” Zuma told residents of Kagiso on the West Rand.
The Albertina Sisulu Highway stretches from the centre of Randfontein to Leratong Hospital near Kagiso through to Roodepoort and the Joburg CBD.
“I am told that this road runs through 10 Johannesburg suburbs,” said Zuma.
“The road is also a vital economic corridor that links key freight and logistics hubs servicing the province.
“In line with the theme of integration, this road also links cities, municipalities, townships and people, allowing travellers to see the varied socio-economic landscape of our cities, where extreme poverty thrives side by side with splendour,” Zuma said.
“With these roads, we remember the unrelenting fight for socio-economic and political equality that Mama Albertina led all her life…
“It thus makes it relevant and worthwhile to name such an economic development artery after a leader of her calibre,” he said.