Ugu excavates road, leaves ‘chaos’ behind

2016-03-03 06:00
PHOTO: candyce krishna Ronel Kolbe points at the mess left behind.

PHOTO: candyce krishna Ronel Kolbe points at the mess left behind.

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WHAT might have been a straightforward repair to a broken pipe is now “utter chaos” says a Palm Beach resident who is “frustrated” with the Ugu District Municipality.

The resident says the water leak, in Jan van Riebeck Road, was reported in January.

“A flatbed truck was brought in with a TLB and the road was excavated. It was a simple repair, but now there are more burst pipes after the excavation and the road is in a terrible state,” he said.

“The leak could have been fixed within hours, but now residents face a far worse situation.”

He said there are about 10 other pipes that now need repairing, and the area is disastrous.

Dave Watson, ward councillor for the area, said the same pipe has burst numerous times over the past year.

“Residents complain to me and they are fed up. I hope this is fixed once and for all,” he said.

Ronel Kolbe, chairman of the Palm Beach Ratepayers’ Forum, said it’s just a matter of time before the same pipe bursts again.

“We have had multiple breaks on the same pipe. Ugu will blame it on aged infrastructure, but if the same pipe bursts numerous times in a short space of time, another plan needs to be made to repair it once and for all,” she said.

She said the street was excavated and has been left in an appalling condition for over two weeks.

An Eskom electrical box is now exposed and surrounded by water as a result of the excavation.

“This is very dangerous and somebody could get hurt or die,” said Kolbe.

France Zama, spokesperson for Ugu District Municipality, said Ugu has a panel of external service providers who are responsible for road reinstatement services after every repair job that required massive repairs.

“The service provider have been informed of the reinstatement on this road and work will be completed by the end of the week. The municipality apologises to customers for any inconvenience that might be caused due to this,” said Zama.

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