Businesses commit to pothole repairs

2015-06-04 06:01

THE Hibiscus Coast Municipality recently held a business breakfast with stakeholders and business owners to convince the private sector to assist the government tackle potholes on municipal roads.

The municipality asked the private sector to financially contribute to the pothole repairs as they also affect their business.

Businesses and stakeholders such as RAF, MPC, AfriForum, South Coast Audi, NG Invest and media houses attended the meeting.

Municipal Manager Max Mbili asked businesses to contribute material­ for pothole repairs.

A presentation was held outlining the background of the project, and showing the status of the project at this point in time. Mbili highlighted interventions and forms of public private partnership for phase two.

The municipality said phase two will begin soon, which is a continuation of phase one that created 80 jobs.

“In the first phase we partnered with the Road Accident Fund through the South African National Civil Organisation Development Institute,” said Mbili.

He said this project is aimed at reducing road accidents.

HCM mayor councillor Cynthia Mqwebu said a lot has been done in phase one.

“Over 5000 square kilometres of road have been repaired through the first phase, employing over 80 people from within the municipality.

She said in phase two the municipality will work with stakeholders and provincial and national sector departments.

These include those who are directly and indirectly involved in road construction and related activities.

Many business owners agreed to commit themselves to this project and RAF said it will continue supporting the project until it is fully developed

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