Plan to fix City’s broken sidewalks

2015-09-15 06:00

The inconvenience of walking or driving around torn-up sidewalks may happen less often if a new proposal is adopted.

Ward councillor Jacques Weber submitted a motion to the City of Cape Town’s transport portfolio committee earlier this month calling for a new strategy in lying cables in sidewalks in the city.

“At present the City is inundated by various service providers who apply for and are granted wayleaves for the laying of communication and other cables. The current process is uncoordinated between all service providers which results in pavements being opened up and then the process is repeated later by another service provider,” he explains.

Brett Herron, mayoral committee member for transport, says the City processes 800 of these requests per year.

The present system is a great inconvenience to motorists and pedestrians, Weber believes.

“The City is required at times to intervene and repair inadequate repairs by the service provider, which increases the City’s maintenance costs.”

Herron says: “In cases where inadequate work is noticed/reported immediately, the contractors will be instructed to redo their reinstatements. If it is found at a later stage, the City can still require the contractors to rectify shoddy work where guarantees are in place. The City is only responsible for reinstatements in cases where the City’s water or electrical services have trenched.”

Weber proposes installing a conduit during major roadworks by the City. “Provision should be made for a conduit not smaller than 300mm to be laid that, in future, service providers will be directed to use. This will save on costs of repairs and maintenance,” he says. It would also let future services be installed at a faster and more efficient rate.

Transport for Cape Town, the City’s transport authority, will investigate the proposal

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