Councillors step in to fill potholes

2012-11-06 00:00

TWO ward councillors in Hibiscus Coast Municipality saw only one solution for the problem of potholes — they fixed the holes themselves.

But on Friday, after the Democratic Alliance pair had covered a few of the many potholes in Eagle Road, Palmview, near Port Shepstone, municipal staff suddenly showed up and decided to take over.

Ajith Rajaram and Mike Henderson were returning after buying a second bakkie load of sand when they were told the municipality had arrived.

Rajaram and Henderson rushed back to Palmview and saw municipal workers busy filling potholes.

The councillors said residents constantly questioned them about potholes.

“Whether I’m shopping, running errands or taking a walk, people ask me about the potholes,” said Rajaram.

Henderson said he was faced with exactly the same dilemma.

“We are really trying to get the municipality to fix these potholes and people are now as fed up as us,” said Henderson.

Dave Watson, a spokesperson for the DA, said the issue of potholes was brought up often at executive level and in council meetings.

“It is not only the DA who has been fighting to get potholes fixed, but other political parties too. It seems to have fallen on deaf ears,” said Watson.

Municipal manager S’bu Mkhize said he was unsure as to what the councillors were doing, as the municipality had a pothole repair programme under way.

“The programme has had several interruptions due to the rainy weather. The weather has not permitted the programme to run as planned,” said Mkhize.

“Whenever there is slight sunshine, teams are deployed to start working.”

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