Umzumbe ‘causeways’ neglected

2016-10-27 06:00

RESIDENTS of Umzumbe, Mswilili area, have trouble getting to and from their home because of the lack of maintenance of causeways - a raised road or track across low or wet ground.

Residents said for the past couple of years and with heavy rain, many have been washed away and the municipality­ has done nothing about the situation.

A resident, who came to the Fever offices, said when taking a taxi to town and back, it is difficult because the drivers refuse to drive across the damaged causeways and some car drivers actually go into the shallow river to get across.

The resident said some of the damaged­ causeways are over the Mswilili, KwaMatiwane, Mhlabashane, Ikokoroshe rivers, which are all on the route to Mswilili.

He said drivers take an alternative route through Dweshula to access the area, which is very long.

Umzumbe Municipality was contacted in this regard and spokesperson Trevor Khanyile said there is a government forum assigned to take care of rural roads, bridges and causeways called the Rural Road Transport Forum (RRTF).

“The municipality is not responsible for the roads and those bridges, RRTF is,” said Khanyile.

He said the municipality normally sends reports to the forum indicating those that need maintenance.

RRTF chair, also Umzumbe deputy mayor, Mondli Chiliza was contacted about the situation.

Chiliza said generally causeways are built for access to the areas, however, when there are heavy rains the causeways are damaged and provision for a new ones is made if there is a money for it.

“In some cases the rain comes at different times and as the local RRTF we send reports to the provincial office to assist us with funding, which normally takes long,” said Chiliza­.

He asked the community to get in touch with RRTF representatives in their areas, reporting damaged causeways in order for them to receive information on the progress of rebuilding of a new one.

Chiliza said there are many causeways­ in Umzumbe that need to be repaired, which RRTF is aware of.

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