Tongaat residents furious over poor service delivery

2016-12-15 06:02
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RESIDENTS in Zamokuhle, upper Tongaat, have demanded that the municipality repair potholes on the D776 Road in the area that has not been tarred for more than 10 years.

The disgruntled residents said the huge potholes on the D776 road are a major concern for the community and have become a hindrance to service delivery. A representative for the Zamokuhle community, Prakash Mathura told the Weekly that paramedics are unable to drive into the area due to the bad condition the road is in.

“We do not get services from ambulances because of the bad conditions of the road. Even the police take long to respond to our complaints simply because our roads are full of potholes and it damages tyres. I have been communicating with officials from the Department of Transport and I was told that the budget that was allocated for D776 was used for another road. We understand that the road does not belong to eThekwini Municipality, but since we pay our rates to eThekwini I believe they must attend to this issue. I have repaired the suspension of my car three times. Every three months I have to repair it and I lost my clients because many of them have left the area due to the road.”

Mathura said residents have suggested taking to the streets so that the municipality will take them seriously.

“Some of the residents have suggested that we go on the street and protest so that the municipality will take us seriously. As residents we are not happy with the construction of the new road on Harry’s Farm leading to the informal settlement. The main road [D776], should have been given priority.”

Bus owner Kishore Sathanlal (50) said: “I have suspended my service to the area due to the huge potholes on the road. We have come to a stage where we can no longer assist the community with transport. At the moment I send one bus to the area. The road has not been repaired for more than 10 years.”

A resident in the area, Deonchuran Abelal (53) said: “When driving on this road we hit potholes. Three months ago we had a meeting with councillors and district officials to discuss a way forward. They promised to come back to us.”

Another resident, Zanele Zondi (40) said the poor service delivery in the area is unacceptable. “It’s very frustrating when it rains as pupils have to travel on the muddy road and some people have fallen and were injured. Our officials have failed us.”

Ward councillor Dolly Munien said she received the complaints from the residents.

“I have been communicating with the residents in Zamokuhle and I hope to get to the bottom of the issue. I am going to meet with the officials from the national and provincial administrations to discuss this matter with them. To my understanding an amount of R40 million was allocated to reconstruct the road in Zamokuhle and a contract was signed before the elections. I was not the councillor at the time. However, we will keep the community informed about all the developments on this issue.”

Attempts to obtain comment from the KZN Department of Transport were unsuccessful at the time of going to press.

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