Hole in the driveway after city ‘repairs’

2012-02-17 00:00

A PIETERMARITZBURG resident has been left with a gaping hole in his driveway after Msunduzi Municipality’s electricity department dug it up while trying to fix an electrical fault, and have not returned to repair it.

The hole has exposed electrical cables and is just a few yards from a primary school.

Tim Clark, the owner of the house in Bulwer Street, said he has been trying to get officials from the municipality to attend to the matter for the last five weeks, but to no avail. He said officials told him it could take up to seven months to sort out the problem.

“On January 13, there was a power outage at my house. They came and dug up the driveway believing that the problem was between the main cable and the connection to the house. After digging they realised that there was another house without electricity along the road.”

“They said the problem was probably with the main cable on the street and they put a temporary cable in to reconnect power to my house and left, saying they would come back on Monday.”

He said the officials never came back. “I contacted a manager in the department who told me that it would take up to seven months for the hole to be filled and the electricity problem to be resolved.”

Clark said the driveway, which has since been covered with steel, was a problem as the steel was not covering the whole area and a car could easily fall into the ditch.

“The connection is loose and does not seem to be a proper connection as the wires are joined together and covered with plastic tape.”

He complained that the hole and the exposed electrical cables were just a few yards from a primary school.

“On Sundays many people pass through here and if something was to happen to them because of this hole, they will be looking to sue me.

“And if it rained, this hole would fill up with water and cause a power blackout.”

Brian Zuma, spokesperson for Msunduzi, confirmed that they had to dig up the driveway, but said it was necessary.

“We experienced electrical problems in that area; unfortunately, we had to dig up the driveway and have to leave it open until the problem is fixed.”

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