Repair on botched job

2015-10-13 06:00

Repairs are underway to paving in Regent Road following substandard work by contractors.

Various third party companies have been installing fibre and telecommunication services in the pavement, says ward councillor Jacques Weber.

Often such companies use contractors who do not always ensure the highest level of quality when reinstating the paving, he says.

Contractors are now back on site to repair the paving, which had become a concern to pedestrians, Weber says.

This is expected to be completed this week.

Generally, the permits to carry out work on City property, such as pavements, are given for a couple of weeks and the area needs to be resealed as soon as the service installed is working and functional.

“The City often levies a heavy deposit from the service providers and in some cases we will not approve a single new application from them unless they ensure that the previous area was returned to the state in which it would be,” he says.

However, the City is looking at ways to prevent substandard work by contractors.

“The City is looking at new conditions such as having a Cape Town-based project manager and, in bigger jobs, a civil engineer who will oversee this process. One also needs to understand that there is a massive demand for such services and in order to get fibre installed there will be disruption to pavements. It is impossible to bring a world class service such as fibre to the area without digging up pavements and causing some inconvenience.”

Weber recently submitted a motion to the City of Cape Town’s transport portfolio committee calling for a new strategy in lying cables in sidewalks in the city (“Plan to fix City’s broken sidewalks”, People’s Post, 15 September).

The present system is a great inconvenience to motorists and pedestrians, Weber believes, as the City is required at times to intervene and redo inadequate repairs. In these cases, the contractors are instructed to redo their reinstatements.

Weber proposes installing a conduit during major roadworks by the City, and that in future, service providers will use this

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