‘Fix city’s sidewalks urgently’

2013-04-08 00:00

SHOULD we give up or should we keep on chasing (broken) pavements in Pietermaritzburg (with apologies to singer Adele)?.

City attorney Farouk Jasat believes that broken pavements should be as much a priority as potholes.

He photographed several cracks and gaping holes in the vicinity of the Joshua Doore building at the corner of Pietermaritz Street and Albert Luthuli Road to illustrate the hazards of walking through the central business district (CBD).

Jasat said the hazards were typical of what pedestrians would encounter while walking through the city centre.

He forwarded the photographs to The Witness after he had sent them to the Msunduzi Municipality and received no response to his plea that something needed to be done urgently before a pedestrian was badly injured.

Jasat said the situation was particularly disgraceful becase Albert Luthuli was the main road through the CBD.

He also expressed concern over the blocked drains in the city centre, but said that for now he would settle for the pavements being fixed. All the same, he questions why all this basic maintenance work cannot be done at the same time.

An upbeat Msunduzi Municipality spokesperson Brian Zuma responded that Pietermartzburg’s pavement blues were over. He said the highly publicised Pietermaritzburg urban renewal programme would cover the fixing of pavements and walkways in the CBD.

Work had already started on the section of Albert Luthuli Road, opposite the city hall.

Municipal manager Mxolisi Nkosi recently announced that the Pietermaritzburg urban renewal programme, costing more than R45 million, would be carried out over the next year in the city centre and surrounding suburbs. The renewal includes fixings pavements, roads, blocked drains and generally cleaning up and beautifying the city.

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